The Truman Show
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Jim Carrey gives a remarkable performance as a man learning that his entire life in a storybook coastal village has been the subject of a live, 24-hour-a-day womb-to-tomb television drama.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"The important thing is that Carrey and the filmmakers have taken pains to give Truman that soul -- which, in itself, provides a kind of depth. In any case, it gets you to care about how it's going to end."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Weir keeps things fairly entertaining, and is admirably not afraid to veer more toward drama than comedy, but his film, like the world it portrays, is all surface."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"Weir's touch is light and effortless, the film's pleasures falling as gently as the Mozart music piped from Seahaven's sky."
‑ Evan Williams, The Australian
"Tthis ingenious satirical comedy drama about media omnipotence is both dazzling and sophisticated from audacious start to poignant finale."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"An unexpectedly satisfying, imaginative movie during a season of silliness and spectacle."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"The movie might have been a soulless exercise without [Carrey]. With him, it has an authentic tremulousness, and also a dread, as if Pinocchio needed to take on Gepetto and Jiminy Crickett to become a real boy."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Carrey is on his mettle, but you wonder why thirty years of close observation have made Truman so funny; shouldn't he be a regular guy gone mad?"
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"By trying too hard to be profound about the evils of television, this implausible sci-fi morality tale stretches this theme beyond the breaking point."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"The Truman Show is a provocative, daring drama, and Carrey, heretofore the Silly Putty-limbed star of such lowbrow joy buzzers as Dumb and Dumber and Liar Liar, pulls off the movie's tricky leading role with aplomb."
‑ Tom Gliatto, People Magazine
"The Truman Show is a movie and the name of a television show within the movie, both of which star Jim Carrey. This tidy little metaphysic is superbly maintained throughout Peter Weir's flawlessly executed film."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Baltimore Sun
"It's a satire/comedy/fantasy about the future of television and the people caught in its omnipresent electronic net: a supremely intelligent jape about a man named Truman Burbank."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Its essential strengths are more dramatic and emotional than topical or satirical. Truman is a touchingly gallant creation, the hero of someone else's existential burlesque."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Excellently cast, immaculately designed and imaginatively filmed, The Truman Show casts the hypnotic blue glow of the television screen in a whole new light."
‑ Serena Donadoni, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Jim Carrey proves he has more than one acting dimension in this original, clever tale of junk-culture excess."
‑ , Total Film
"Thought-provoking story; outstanding performances."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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