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Gary Ross, Oscar nominated for his Dave and Big screenplays, made his directorial debut with this comedy. The cheerful '50s TV sitcom "Pleasantville" is revived in the '90s for a loyal cable audience. One devoted fan is shy suburban teen David Wagner (Tobey Maguire), who has an almost obsessive interest in the series. Living with his divorced mother (Jane Kaczmarek), David sometimes has disputes with his ultra-hip twin sister Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon). She wants to watch MTV just when a Pleasantville marathon is about to begin. They struggle over the remote control, and it… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The lighthearted fable Pleasantville takes some pointed swipes at the make-believe world of 1950s TV -- and none too soon."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Ends up having more on its mind than it can successfully handle."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Gary Ross (Big, Dave) makes an impressive directing debut with this charming, nicely executed fable, which contrasts values of the 1950s with those of the 1990s."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Someday, maybe someday soon, someone in Hollywood is going to make a genuinely great movie about television as a metaphor for America."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Ross has come up with one of the best, most subversive, and definitely one of the most memorable films of the year."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"There's a terrific idea at the heart of Pleasantville, and it's a shame that its creator, Big screenwriter Gary Ross, can't figure where to take it."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"One of the year's best and most original films!"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Great movie for high schoolers and their parents."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Hollywood satire is not usually this enjoyable: Both savage and silly, Pleasantville is an absolute blast."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"Um dos filmes mais inteligentes de 1998."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Endearing it definitely is, so much so that it's easy to overlook the simplicity, and the sly confidence trick that gets played on us."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Funny for about half an hour, Pleasantville thereafter becomes an increasingly lugubrious, ultimately exasperating mix of technological wonder and ideological idiocy."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Though Ross works in some heavy-handed strokes, his portrait of stodgy Eisenhower America dazzles with some of the loveliest imagery of any 1990s film."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"This is an exquisite, timely film. It's nice to know that occasionally, even Hollywood does something right."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"For a movie that makes such a big deal about color, Pleasantville is awfully black and white."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
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