100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The kind of parable that encourages us to re-evaluate the good old days and take a fresh look at the new world we so easily dismiss as decadent.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Giddily inventive.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Not only is Pleasantville a satire, a fantasy, and a visual marvel, but it's the best kind of feel-good movie.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Delightful as it often is, the picture suffers fom the same structural and thematic tidiness, even smugness, that it nominally opposes.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
While amusing and sometimes touching, Pleasantville is far from challenging.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Ross's comedy isn't as inventive as "The Truman Show," which it resembles in some ways, but it explores interesting ideas with nimble humor.
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63

Chicago Tribune

More clever than coherent.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Technical elegance and fine performances mask the shallowness of a story as simpleminded as the '50s TV to which it condescends; certainly it's got none of the depth, poignance, and brilliance of "The Truman Show," the recent TV-is-stifling drama that immediately comes to mind.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
When Ross gets serious and grasps for allegorical import, Pleasantville bogs down in mixed ambitions.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Glum and preachy.
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71 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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