Carrey turns Truman into a postmodern Capra hero.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
The latter part of the film, depicting Truman's rebellion and providing him with a perfect final line, is much more conventionally conceived than its splendid start.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
If Truman becomes a classic it'll be as a witty film of ideas that's graced with a mesmerizing visual dimension.
Mike Clark - USA Today
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
This is a profound movie for people who don't like to think, or perhaps for people who are in the media and of the media, and can't imagine any life outside it.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
The underlying ideas made the movie more than just entertainment. Like Gattaca, the previous film written by Niccol, it brings into focus the new values that technology is forcing on humanity.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
One of those high-concept movies whose concept is both clever and dumb.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
A bracingly intelligent, provocative and witty mix of entertainment values and long thoughts.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
A good, intelligent, insightful movie...
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
A gemlike picture crafted with rare and immaculate precision...
Todd McCarthy - Variety
A brilliant and daring film that blends charming comedy, affecting drama, thought-provoking satire and even a touch of biblical parable.
Sean Means - Film.com
This is a film that can stay with one for a very long time after a viewing, and even slightly change the way one looks at life and the world.
Tom Keogh - Film.com
This is a smart, engaging movie.
Robert Horton - Film.com
The result is a rarity on any screen: intelligent fun.
Dean Essner - Globe and Mail
The conception is so audacious and inventive that the movie winds up doing something genuinely radical: it bores through the boundaries of our entire media-saturated culture.
Charles Taylor - Salon.com
An appealing, offbeat, one-hundred minute diversion for those who really are tired of monsters tearing down buildings and action heroes saving the world.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A performance of profound charm, innocence, vulnerability and pain.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Adventurous, provocative, even daring
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Thought-provoking story; outstanding performances.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
The issues it tackles are just as relevant now (if not more so) than they were when the film was first released theatrically back in 1997.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
...benefits substantially from Jim Carrey's unexpectedly layered (and flat-out moving) performance.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A hilarious and breathtakingly conceived satire which also allows Carrey to edge away from broad comedy.
Dean Essner - Film4
Some of us may go out wishing for something meatier, edgier.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
One movie you can pronounce a modern classic with absolute confidence.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Carrey doesn't break off into outrageous physical comedy bits as fans might hope, and the film does take a while to find its legs, but there is something rewarding in its quirky demeanor.
Tom Meek - Film Threat
Isn't it amazing what you can do if you take the time to FINISH your script?
Ron Wells - Film Threat
A deceptively simple fairy tale; a hilariously subversive satire… and finally an elegant parable about truth and happiness with evocative religious resonances.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
The movie and its themes have held up. For better or worse, we're a nation consumed by television, a country roped in by spectacle. Weir sees through it.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
With the reality TV boom, it brings forth more thoughts as to whether our society could ever be this extreme, and with each viewing, its themes deepen.
Rory L. Aronsky - Film Threat
The intimations of profundity, of reality perceived, mediated, and processed, are milked for heavy irony rather than enlarging complexit.
Fernando F. Croce - Slant Magazine
[A] hugely entertaining dramatization of Plato's "Allegory of the Cave"...a fable that would be relevant 50 years earlier and no doubt will remain relevant 50 years hence.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Jim Carrey gets in touch with his Jimmy Stewart side. There's a humanity here... that we haven't seen before.
Moriarty - Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews
A brilliant flick with a remarkable performance by Carrey coupled to a fascinating story, a first-class cast and top-notch technical credits.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
This is clearly one of the decade's cleverest, most original pictures.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Truman has been wronged, and it is thrilling to see him strive to escape a machine built by a compassionless and egomaniacal creator.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
If you expect and want to see the hyper-wacky Carrey...you'll hate it. If you expect and don't want to see the creepy Carrey as in the The Cable Guy, you'll be happier.
Judith Egerton - Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Las secuencias de sincronia de eventos para que Truman crea todo son perfectas.
Alex Ramirez - Cinenganos
A little miracle of 1990s Hollywood that deserves more praise and more audience today than it had a few years ago.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Just a little too pleased with its own abrupt resolution to be completely satisfying.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
although there are flashes of humor throughout, the film is more often funny-weird than it is uproarious.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Although it doesn't merit the superlatives being thrown at its feet, The Truman Show is a rewarding experience.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
What this film proves is that it is still possible to make a completely original movie in modern Hollywood. Perhaps this brilliant fable will encourage others to try.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Unlike most summer releases and Jim Carrey movies, there's nothing dumb or dumber about director Peter Weir's astonishing social satire.
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
There aren't many original ideas coming out of Hollywood these days, but The Truman Show is one of them.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
The Truman Show is not perfect, but it's interesting, and has its funny moments.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
It is quite rewarding to see Weir's gifts as a craftsman attached to a script that mostly fulfills its own ideological ambitions.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
James Rocchi - Netflix
Funny, moving, imaginative and wickedly smart about the addictive power of comfy illusion.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
The film is very funny, but also touching and thought provoking.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
With genius, audacity, and compassion, and only rarely missing the mark, Peter Weir's The Truman Show poises a pin over this bubble of significance.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Tailor-made for our era of celebrity spectacles, theme parks, and the incursion of pop culture into all aspects of our lives.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
This is an astonishingly rich and provocative movie that finds one of our few authentically visionary directors still testing himself and daring his audiences to keep up.
Stephen Farber - Movieline
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
The Truman Show must count as very clever entertainment.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
One of the choicest recent examples of imaginative fiction.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
A masterpiece of art, comedy, perfect acting and pure uplifting emotion.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
A stunningly original, deeply disturbing, surrealistic nightmare of a film the likes of which I haven't seen in a long time. [SPOILER!]
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Witty and manipulative, the movie doesn't answer the questions it poses. But it does let you leave feeling all right...
Cynthia Fuchs - Philadelphia City Paper
Not even the more risk-taking alternative cinema, the Independent Film, has been so ruthless in its umbrella indictment of movies, television, music, advertising, commercials and infomercials.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
As it stands, it's still good, but it just doesn't live up to its own hype.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Its theme -- to what degree will we eventually allow television to outpower us? -- is clear, poignant, and relevant.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
This is one of the sharpest, bitingest satires I've seen, on a par with classic Preston Sturges.
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
Weir looks at the media and what it is doing to both the viewer and the person under media scrutiny. The film also takes a playful look at the relationship between humanity and God.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
It's unusually provocative and challenging for a Hollywood movie and, surprisingly, allows the audience to piece things together without too much external direction.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Here is a provocative and profound film that deserves your undivided attention. Don't change the channel.
Elias Savada - Nitrate Online
For the first time in years, we are confronted with a movie that is so original and so intriguing that you wonder why no one had thought it up before.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
When it was over, I wanted to stand up and cheer.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
A thoughtful, and thought-provoking, satire that deftly combines comedy with drama, science-fiction and paranoid-conspiracy.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
A deliciously vicious and intelligent satire. Jim Carrey is great as the man caught in the middle and Ed Harris is suitably evil as his tormentor.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
Weir and Niccol have come up with a bracingly original cinematic experience.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
Weir presents The Truman Show as a fairy tale, not an Orwellian nightmare
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
What could have been a comedy content to ride on the fame of its star turns instead into a disturbingly funny statement on modern life in the shadow of mass media.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
It is one of the best films ever made about the dangers of mass-media...
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
For all of its intelligence and speculative power, the film is still about a real human being with real emotions.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
The absolutely riveting story has both (television and movie) audiences on the edge of their seats wondering.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
I had that rare feeling of elation - of wanting to share a wonderful discovery - that comes with seeing an original, inspired piece of work.
Edward Guthmann - San Francisco Chronicle
A thought-provoking, original movie that works on many levels.
Bob Bloom - rec.arts.movies.reviews
A brilliant, unique, unforgettable film.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
As plot it's a little thin, especially when you already know the premise ... The performances are uniformly pitch-perfect.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
A surreal and immensely likable fable that straddles the line between comedy and drama.
Wallace Baine - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The kind of film that people want to see again and again, for many reasons.
Greg Dean Schmitz - Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
It's pleasant, funny without being obviously so, and non-pushy.
Oz - eFilmCritic.com
One of the most pleasantly original and darkly audacious stories in years.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
The smartest, funniest, most original Hollywood movie in ages.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
A whale of a good movie, a rich, entertaining, thoughtful work that is at once lyrical and ominous.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
This inspired movie is possibly the best - and most layered - summer picture in years.
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
Weir guides his diverse cast members to the most artful and effective performances of their lives.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The key to this film is an incredibly complex yet simple script by Andrew Niccol.
Ted Prigge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Extremely original, well-written piece that ultimately left me emotionally detached, and feeling bored at certain times.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
The biggest star here is director Weir in this bold and beautiful tour de force.
Dean Essner - E! Online
A crowd pleaser that caters to our horror of totalitarianism, our love of personal freedom, our belief - justified or deluded - that knowledge is a powerful tool and that access to information is a God-given right.
Barbara Shulgasser - San Francisco Examiner
Perhaps it's not fair to criticize a movie for what it isn't, but it seems like there were some missed opportunities here.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
A film that leaves you stunned and debating its message as the credits roll. I've never seen anything like it
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
In real life, most of us agree the Truman Burbank reality would never be allowed. Yet we probably wouldn't deny that some day, the way things are going, a variation on it just might occur.
Bob Thompson - Jam! Movies
Everything studio filmmaking should be but almost never is.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
A thought-provoking story and outstanding performances make this is a very worthwhile movie for families to watch together.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Fans expecting Carrey's usual shtick will be disappointed here...but few else will be, for this intelligent and invigorating film is a fascinating look at the struggle between individual spirit and the media culture.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
It keeps striking home ferociously.
Stanley Kauffmann - The New Republic
A deliciously vicious and intelligent satire on the media who manipulate us, and the audience who encourages it.
Elspeth Haughton - Apollo Guide
A subtly layered, perceptive, and pointedly truthful commentary on the media and its and our own voyeuristic tendencies.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com