The Truman Show
The Truman Show (1998)

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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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 5, 1998
DVD Release Date: January 26, 1999
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A funny, tender, and thought-provoking film, The Truman Show is all the more noteworthy for its remarkably prescient vision of runaway celebrity culture and a nation with an insatiable thirst for the private details of ordinary lives.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

One of the smartest, most inventive movies in memory, it manages to be as endearing as it is provocative.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The Truman Show finds a near-miraculous balance of humor and feeling in the keen intelligence of the script by Andrew Niccol and the prodigal inventiveness of Dead Poets Society director Peter Weir at his very best.

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Tim Brayton
Alternate Ending

One of the greatest American films of the 1990s.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

The premise of Peter Weir's The Truman Show is both reasonable and ludicrous, its execution sublime.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

To be sure, the movie has plenty of laughs, but like sunlight on the deceptively calm surface of the sea, its light humor dances fitfully over dark and dangerous undercurrents.

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Tom Sander
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A disturbing, spooky but eventually uplifting drama/satire/horror film starring Jim Carrey.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Most movies are lucky to have one idea rattling around inside. The unusually resonant Truman positively vibrates with themes.

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Paul Tatara

The Truman Show will probably be the most thought-provoking "big" movie to come out this summer, and that says a whole lot more about other movies than it does about this one. You should, however, see it for Carrey's newly unveiled charms.

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Richard Williams

Peter Weir's film is so cleverly conceived and brilliantly executed that it almost seems like a fresh thought. And even if it doesn't, it nevertheless forms the basis of a very witty exercise.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
One of the few times i could stand Jim Carrey. This movie was much better than i expected considering my dislike for Carrey
Sanjaya 丘耀文
This is the new way of comedy movie should be and I must say that I'm impressed with the idea of this movie about making someone's life is a 24-hour… More
Matt Goodman
One of the best movies I have ever seen.
KJ Proulx
One of the most original ideas I have ever seen on screen. As Truman, a man with the perfect life that he never wanted, is being followed by thousands of… More
Melvin White
Christof: We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented. "On the air. Unaware." The Truman Show may have one of the most genius… More
Adriel Lim
It's a bleak movie, yeah, in the sense your realize the follies of modern society, yes, but it deserves praise bringing into light the realities of our… More