(1998)

Critic Reviews

71

Metascore

Based on 32 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
New York Daily News
Giddily inventive.
80
The A.V. Club
To concentrate on the minor faults of a fable as beautiful and unusual as Pleasantville would be missing the point.
75
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.
70
L.A. Weekly
The results are charming if rarely thrilling, with outstanding performances from Joan Allen and William H. Macy.
70
Time
An epic-size, largely entertaining parable of repression and awakening.
70
Film.com
Terrific idea, brilliantly worked out on a technical level.
67
Portland Oregonian
May not be as successful as it is ambitious, but you could do worse than to spend a few hours there.
60
Village Voice
Funny for about half an hour, Pleasantville thereafter becomes an increasingly lugubrious, ultimately exasperating mix of technological wonder and ideological idiocy.
50
The movie's simplistic storyline does not match its stunning visual accomplishments: Pleasantville's story is drawn from a palette that's strictly limited to black-and-white.
50
USA Today
Glum and preachy.

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