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Based on 32 Reviews
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  • 50
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    When Ross gets serious and grasps for allegorical import, Pleasantville bogs down in mixed ambitions. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Glum and preachy. show more

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Giddily inventive. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

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

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    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. show more

  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    While amusing and sometimes touching, Pleasantville is far from challenging. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Delightful as it often is, the picture suffers fom the same structural and thematic tidiness, even smugness, that it nominally opposes. show more

  • 63
    Chicago Tribune

    More clever than coherent. show more

  • 80
    Kevin Maynard Mr. Showbiz

    Offers effortless charm, wit, and originality in spades. show more

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