The Truman Show

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90

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 599 Ratings

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  • Summary: Twenty-nine years ago, a baby boy was adopted by the OmniCam Corporation to become the subject of the most popular television show of all time. His name is Truman Burbank. (Paramount Pictures)

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  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
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  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    100
    A miraculous movie. It will rattle both your head and heart
  2. An original, inspired piece of work.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    100
    A gemlike picture crafted with rare and immaculate precision.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    Hollywood's smartest media satire in years--and a breakthrough for Jim Carrey.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    Funny... and the payoff is the most provocative Hollywood concoction in a while.
  6. Warm, affecting and refreshingly shtickless, he (Carrey) occupies center stage here through sheer, beguiling force of personality.
  7. It's unusually provocative and challenging for a Hollywood movie and, surprisingly, allows the audience to piece things together without too much external direction.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 94
  2. Negative: 6 out of 94
  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 thisSeriously, 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. Expand
  2. Jan 20, 2013
    10
    "The Truman Show" can truly be considered a cult classic. This is one of the best Jim Carrey movies to date, and even a fantastic movie"The Truman Show" can truly be considered a cult classic. This is one of the best Jim Carrey movies to date, and even a fantastic movie period. Nothing short of a masterpiece. Expand
  3. Feb 25, 2011
    10
    This movie is so awesome in every way. It manages to prove that a funny man can break our hearts (which would happen again in Punch Drunk LoveThis movie is so awesome in every way. It manages to prove that a funny man can break our hearts (which would happen again in Punch Drunk Love with Adam Sandler some time after). This film has one of the most original story-lines from '98 and is written to perfection. The balance of originality and great writing, not to mention Carrey, isn't the only thing that delivers a power punch. It is the message, that is explained in such a manner that even the people not searching for depth in the first place can find it, that is amazing. The depth of thought that the writers went through to get to the theme that "whatever world we are born in, we will instantly believe is real" is astonishing. The Academy made big mistakes in '98: 1. Saving Private Ryan not winning Best Picture, and 2. The Truman Show not being nominated for Best Picture, Actor, Score and Cinematography (the first two getting a win wouldn't have been an upset to me). Basically, if you want a wholly original film that is funny, heartbreaking and thought-provoking, The Truman Show is one of the best picks. Expand
  4. May 2, 2013
    9
    This gripping film is not what it looks like, when you see Jim Carrey on the cover. This very emotional and profound comedy drama with thisThis gripping film is not what it looks like, when you see Jim Carrey on the cover. This very emotional and profound comedy drama with this light provoking note between the lines is featuring Carrey's performance of a lifetime, a evil and mean Ed Harris and a memorable climax. Big cinema!!! Expand
  5. FredB.
    Oct 17, 2006
    9
    A brilliantly made movie, with fun, suspense and even a little action. Jim Carry does a great job selling the role and is supported by great A brilliantly made movie, with fun, suspense and even a little action. Jim Carry does a great job selling the role and is supported by great actors/actresses. Expand
  6. Oct 15, 2013
    8
    The story is about a man whose life is a TV show, everyone knows that, except himself. Later he realizes it and struggles to end this show.The story is about a man whose life is a TV show, everyone knows that, except himself. Later he realizes it and struggles to end this show. The main topic is a problem of choice: to live your life as it is even if you are not satisfied with it or risk everything to change things around. Good and original plot and great actors. A must see. Expand
  7. JohnP.
    Jul 26, 2008
    0
    An excruciatingly empty film with the most annoying characters, script and pace, surely making this movie one of the worst I've ever An excruciatingly empty film with the most annoying characters, script and pace, surely making this movie one of the worst I've ever endured. The more simplistic a movie gets, the greater it's general acclaim? Must be... Should be listed under 'Horror'. Expand

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