Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. 100
    I enjoyed The Truman Show on its levels of comedy and drama; I liked Truman in the same way I liked Forrest Gump--because he was a good man, honest, and easy to sympathize with.
  2. Delicately subversive, hypnotically sardonic, full of terror, banality and wafer-thin lyricism.
  3. Weir's offbeat directing makes the most of Andrew Niccol's inventive screenplay, which includes large doses of surprisingly sardonic satire aimed at today's entertainment trends.
  4. A sunny-looking movie about the darkest paranoia.
  5. An original, inspired piece of work.
  6. A beautifully sinister and transfixing entertainment-age daydream.
  7. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    100
    A brilliant and daring film.
  8. 100
    Adventurous, provocative, even daring.
  9. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    100
    A miraculous movie. It will rattle both your head and heart
  10. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    100
    A gemlike picture crafted with rare and immaculate precision.
  11. That rare cinematic experience-a movie so close to pure perfection that it seems a shame to spoil it by even reading a review beforehand.
  12. 100
    One of the smartest, most inventive movies in memory, it manages to be as endearing as it is provocative.
  13. The Truman Show is a reminder of the Beckett theme. The screenplay by Andrew Niccol starts from something like Beckett's abstraction and reifies it with details of contemporary culture, then moves on into fantasy. [June 29, 1998]
  14. Reviewed by: Graham Verdon
    100
    An exhilarating, fascinating story about the amazing and horrifying depth we are sinking toward as we strain to raise the entertainment bar another notch.
  15. 90
    The Truman Show is one of the films for which the '90s will be remembered, and it is not to be missed.
  16. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    90
    Achieves a kind of beauty through its overlaying enigmas, and Carrey.
  17. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    Hollywood's smartest media satire in years--and a breakthrough for Jim Carrey.
  18. A crowd pleaser that caters to our horror of totalitarianism, our love of personal freedom, our belief - justified or deluded - that knowledge is a powerful tool and that access to information is a God-given right.
  19. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    Funny... and the payoff is the most provocative Hollywood concoction in a while.
  20. The result is a rarity on any screen: intelligent fun.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 339 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 85
  2. Negative: 6 out of 85
  1. Oct 6, 2010
    10
    Seriously, hands down- one of my favorite movies. The story is orginal. The cinematography is perfect. Jim Carey is excellent. Surely this movie is a comedy and it has it's fair share of funny moments however, the depth of this movie is what brings me back time and time again. Full Review »
  2. Oct 22, 2011
    7
    The plot may rarely override itself in some moments, but nevertheless "The Truman Show" is a funny but sad movie that uses wonderful performances by Jim Carrey and innovative direction from Peter Weir as its main fuel. Full Review »
  3. FranciscoC.
    Jan 22, 2010
    9
    A fantastic movie with a interesting plot that makes you think, and a very good performance by Jim Carrey.