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The Truman Show

The Truman Show

1998
Comedy, Drama
1h 43m
Twenty-nine years ago, a baby boy was adopted by the OmniCam Corporation to become the subject of the most popular television show of all time. His name is Truman Burbank.
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The Truman Show

1998
Comedy, Drama
1h 43m
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Rated 01 Jan 2021
95
91st
If this film were made today it'd be about a generation of TikTok & Instagram influencers upset that they don't have Truman's audience. Instead, the genius of this picture lies in understanding the era. Like The Matrix or Dark City, this was a rumination on false consciousness and day-to-day paranoia, with Weir creating an unsettling nightmare that attempts to sooth you via production design and hypnotic montages. And Jim Carrey's performance makes this movie the sweetest dystopia ever created.
Rated 29 Jun 2016
100
97th
Both a deeply human character study and a scathing critique of the nascent reality TV craze. (Good thing we got past that, eh?) Excellent writing, acting, and direction create a moving and thought-provoking experience, especially during the transcendent final scenes. A classic.
Rated 31 Jul 2009
90
97th
This is just a great film. Funny, thought provoking, brilliantly paced and shot, and well written. I really couldn't trust a person who didn't like this movie! It's not often a film has a character as complex as Truman, without being an in-depth serious character piece or a pretentious load of twaddle! The last half hour of this film in particular is exceptional, driven by Carrey's excellent performance and Weir's emotive and clever direction. Everytime I watch it, I love it that bit more.
Rated 05 Nov 2012
90
97th
This one holds up really well. The premise was conceived by Niccol shortly before 'Big Brother'. What makes his sharply satiric script especially thought-provoking is the epistemological connotations which not only fit the end-of-millenium nothing-is-what-it-seems paranoia trend but allowed Weir to tell a sort of Gnostic story of an individual managing to realize and break the confines of his world. The casting is sublime. Ed Harris and Linney are very intense, each in their own way.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
8
93rd
Jim Carrey's all-time best movie and one of the seminal films of the 90s. It gets better and better through the runtime until we reach a perfect and evocative ending. Also, what do they do every time Truman masturbates? The process of censoring the teenage years must have been pretty stressful.
Rated 04 Jan 2007
95
97th
Wonderful concept pulled off with great style. Everyone can relate to the ache of wonder and curiosity we see in Truman. While we aren't blinded the same way he is, most of us are just as isolated in our own worlds.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
87
94th
I really enjoy when Carrey does serious (with dashes of humor). That said, this is an amazing effort. Truman is a likeable character, and you really feel his pain. I just thought it was a really cool concept.
Rated 13 Jun 2008
100
99th
Truman shows me I can reject the tiny, tidy world I was handed. Truman worked hard. He escaped. His viewers just changed the channel. They're still trapped.
Rated 09 May 2011
95
99th
This film is one of the most thought provoking I've ever seen. I have never watched another film that so effortlessly and instantly puts your entire life in perspective for you. Heart warming but spooky, it's dark and damaging and yet uplifting and exciting at the same time. The film itself is hard to weigh up in conventional terms: the acting, cinematography etc. are all perfectly acceptable, but even the plot and characters are irrelevant compared to the magnitude of the theology. Watch!!!
Rated 10 Jul 2012
88
86th
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.
Rated 23 Jun 2016
80
69th
Along with The Matrix it appears to be born of discontent with the almighty desk job - emblem of the safe and boring, the ultimate consequence of a society that values pragmatism over dream-chasing. Truman Show cranks up the creepiness by keeping the lens border frequently visible but throws just enough dead dads and lost loves in to keep it a feelgood affair. I think Philip Glass and Ed Harris kinda make it seem bigger than it is.
Rated 28 Jan 2009
92
83rd
The Truman Show is a genuinely serious, well thought out movie with Carrey turning around a hammish yet cogently potent performance, sky-rocketing him up the charts of fame and fortune. Overall an engaging and thoroughly evocative film.
Rated 07 Feb 2010
80
58th
Still an enjoyable watch all these years later. It's got a great premise and good pacing throughout, but it falters in one key area: its disposition is just too sunny for the cruelty done to this person. Every relationship Truman has ever had has been because the other person has been paid. The deep and tragic consequences of the premise are never really explored beyond a creepy performance from Ed Harris. Otherwise, the filmmakers seem more complicit in Truman's world than they should be.
Rated 20 Sep 2010
89
97th
Sure it's overly sentimental and a little too obvious at times, but it is an excellent mix of comedy and drama with an interesting plot and good actors. Can't ask for much more.
Rated 09 Jan 2011
95
89th
I love this film. I love Jim Carrey's acting, I love the screenplay, I love the story and all the different interpretations/allegories you can gleam from it. It's deeply moving in places, and is highly effectual at making you care about what's happening. Bravo, Peter Weir and Andrew Niccol, and everyone else involved.
Rated 21 May 2012
95
95th
A great sci-fi comedy-drama that transcends its reality TV setting to take some affecting swipes at the idea of an interventionist God.
Rated 06 Feb 2019
90
90th
The Truman Show is absolutely brilliant. It's hard to imagine that this movie ever could have been as culturally impactful as it is now, but I'm glad it got there. Amazing acting from all over, and a fantastic and witty script make it a more interesting movie than any 90's Carrey movie has a right to be. I loved this, and I won't forget it soon.
Rated 20 Mar 2007
86
92nd
Carrey is for once in a more serious role, he makes a great job of it as well. If you are willing to look over the occasional plot hole you will be in for some great viewing.
Rated 22 Feb 2008
95
98th
I can watch this movie a hundred times and still love it. The concept of not knowing your life is a reality television show is awesome. It also says a lot about what reality television may one day become. the only problem was that I was dying to know more about his life after he entered the real world. It wouldn't have been as strong as an ending but I JUST WANT MORE!
Rated 18 May 2008
90
86th
A PG-rated movie starring Jim Carrey and directed by Peter Weir. I wanted to scream bloody murder, of course, but this movie really works. I must thank Mr. Carrey for letting us have a big-budget sf film that's not the usual stuff about rockets or aliens or whatever
Rated 14 Nov 2009
98
99th
Possibly the earliest film I remember finding truly inspiring. Breathtaking performances and endless attention to detail.
Rated 20 Oct 2010
96
93rd
Anyone who gave this film a 70 or below, has no idea what they are talking about. This is a true masterpiece.
Rated 09 May 2011
80
78th
Fuck yeah, this is great. You do realise his wife's a prostitute though. I want to read that "acting" contract. No backdoor action for Truman I'm guessing - giving or receiving. I've tried that cut to commercial thing too, fucks with peoples heads when you start selling them lubricant in the middle of a performance review.
Rated 21 May 2011
78
69th
Interesting film considering that it preluded the explosion/popularisation of Reality TV. A little bland in retrospect but still interesting enough.
Rated 31 Jan 2012
63
43rd
I wonder if we'd have as many terrible reality TV shows if it wasn't for this movie? Ed Harris you evil genius.
Rated 02 Sep 2012
97
98th
If it were really true for a corporation to legally adopt a person, someone needs to recall the Kartrashians. Turns out they're a choking hazard for kids.
Rated 28 Sep 2012
77
63rd
This movie has a really great premise and an interesting script. Jim Carrey does a great job with the material. There are not a lot of other interesting characters in the film besides Truman.
Rated 01 Dec 2012
82
92nd
"Cue the sun."
Rated 15 Dec 2013
85
87th
Jim Carrey's overacting is enough to put you off your food, but the beautiful direction, structure and its wonderful sense of humour make it a delight to watch. Watching Truman Burbank puzzle his way out of hyperreality is a fantastic experience. Joyful, funny and thought-provoking in its critique on the world we live in today.
Rated 02 Feb 2017
80
89th
A brilliant idea, and its potential was used very thoroughly.
Rated 26 Feb 2017
92
95th
Jim Carrey takes the world along with him on this beautifully constructed thought experiment. The film is able to be simultaneously thought provoking while remaining fun and heart warming through Carrey and the rest of the cast performances.
Rated 22 Sep 2018
90
95th
A very smart and well-made film about the nature of life, television, and reality. Maybe the best performance by Jim Carrey in a feature film. He helps elevate this from thought-provoking to genuinely emotional and touching.
Rated 01 Apr 2020
80
86th
Very funny and thought-provoking, but sacrificed plausibility for the sake of comedy, which makes it a wonderful comedy but a mediocre drama/sci-fi.
Rated 09 Jan 2007
100
99th
one of the smartest scripts ever written, if not the best...
Rated 01 Mar 2007
75
89th
Great film.
Rated 20 Mar 2007
81
81st
Jim Carrey's first dramatic turn, a solid overlooked performance anchoring Peter Weir's very interesting film.
Rated 28 Mar 2007
93
83rd
Carrey got screwed by the academy. He deserved to be nominated. The man can act and this is a very good movie.
Rated 28 May 2007
95
95th
great film
Rated 19 Jul 2007
4
70th
A killer concept, well-executed. My only real complaint: why didn't they let the viewer discover the mystery of Truman's universe along with him? They tip their hand immediately. Oh well.
Rated 03 Aug 2007
84
67th
A great, old-fashioned thoughtprovoking bit of sci-fi, and Ed Harris as the beret-wearing villain is some kind of masterstroke.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
97th
Wonderful premise, brilliantly executed by Peter Weir. No one else could've captured Truman's troubled, witty, and tragically self-aware personality like Jim Carrey. An excellent score, and unbeatable cast, and a great message; one of my all time favorite films.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
74th
When I was a kid I was convinced something similar was happening to me.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
87th
The concept is fresh, and Jim Carrey keeps the character of Truman perfectly. Nothing wrong with this movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
79
66th
Slightly overrrated, but still a stunning concept and a great story pulled together in a satisfactory manner. Carrey plays the characters a little over the top for my tastes, but I fell he was still finding his stride in '98.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
94th
Wonderful social commentary, funny, well written. Strangely predictive of Realty TV.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
76th
This is the perfect kind of role for Jim Carrey. It's not a very physical comedy, but rather a subtle and smart comedy that he excels at. On top of his excellent performance, the story is unique and captivating, and Ed Harris has a fascinating character who is also brilliantly portrayed. Really good!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
76th
We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
65th
A feel-good movie about feeling good. A tad heavy-handed, but if it doesn't make you smile a few times, you have no soul. Better luck next life.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
95th
This movie had me paranoid for the next week.
Rated 08 Oct 2007
100
99th
Excellent acting of Jim Carrey and an involving story make The Show of Truman be a great show. One of my favorites.
Rated 26 Oct 2007
95
99th
9+ amazing
Rated 13 Feb 2008
86
83rd
"If it was more than just a vague ambition, if he [Truman] was absolutely determined to discover the truth, there's no way we could prevent him" christof. This quote says it all to me.
Rated 08 Apr 2008
73
85th
Meta sans the pomp. I'd rather hang out with this than a Kaufman. Superb, with fleeting, jewel-like romance.
Rated 18 Apr 2008
83
67th
The first "serious" Jim Carrey flick, I believe. Poignant, if not entirely believable vision of the future in media. Good performances all around.
Rated 14 Jun 2008
84
94th
Nice
Rated 24 Aug 2008
99
98th
This movie. Dang, did it predict the next decade, or what? It's brilliantly written, magically filmed, and Jim Carrey finally revealed how amazing a dramatic actor he could be. By showcasing this idea of society being obsessed with watching a person's life on screen, it effectively foreshadowed the reality television and social media boom that followed in real life. The creative set design, masterful direction and emotional story earns this film a spot in the top ten of the 90s.
Rated 06 Sep 2008
87
94th
A very creative movie. I really liked when I saw it.
Rated 28 Sep 2008
98
99th
Harikulade...
Rated 25 Oct 2008
74
90th
A nice film, sometimes funny and sad. Great story, btw.
Rated 02 Dec 2008
93
96th
I really, really enjoyed this one. Truman stuck in a reality show about him, but he doesn't even know it. What made this movie so great were the product placement jokes and the way that it never got out of hand. Really, compared to his other performances, you would not see this coming. It's touching, compelling, all those dopey words. And you'll laugh along the way, and maybe even find yourself cheering at some points.
Rated 10 Dec 2008
95
96th
Disturbed the 11-year old shit out of me. Awesome! A college class will taught on this movie someday.
Rated 25 Jan 2009
85
94th
Great story! Usually I dont like Jim Carrey.
Rated 13 Mar 2009
87
92nd
Will capture the heart and mind of a wide audience, this is a great film.
Rated 27 May 2009
92
87th
Peter Weir demonstrates with some great ideas a really dark and scary prophecy of being under observation. the instruments in here might be a kind of unrealistic fantasy but behind that curtain lies the invasion of privacy. Very well acting by Carrey ( maybe his best role ever ) either
Rated 24 Jul 2009
70
50th
Sometimes the movie's a little heavy handed at times, but otherwise it's solid. In my view, the final scene basically saved the movie.
Rated 26 Aug 2009
95
94th
One of my favorites
Rated 03 Dec 2009
88
86th
If you watch up into the sky when you think of this movie, you're a fan.
Rated 07 Dec 2009
4
96th
one of jim carrey's best. and i didn't even laugh once!
Rated 14 Dec 2009
75
49th
An interesting concept and great performance by Jim Carrey. Unfortunately, by the end of the movie, the kitsch has been laid on a little thick.
Rated 27 Dec 2009
80
96th
Unique and scarily prophetic comedy/drama that's played to perfection by virtually all those in front of and behind the camera. A fantastic film in so many ways, although the speed of Truman's realisation and the niggling impracticalities of the show play on the mind just enough to hinder your suspension of disbelief. Amazing to think this preceded the Survivor/Big Brother reality-TV boom by a good year or so.
Rated 13 Mar 2010
75
50th
Whilst I feel this is neither a masterpiece nor the pinnacle of Peter Weir and Jim Carrey's careers, it remains a very good, well directed film with an intelligent and relevant premise as well as a sinister turn by Ed Harris as the God playing Christof. My personal reading of the film is as a dream rather than a nightmare, with Truman Burbank actually in the luckiest of positions- able to escape the artificial hollow world he inhabits.
Rated 08 Jun 2010
86
81st
Interesting subject matter, slightly tearjerkery,
Rated 26 Jun 2010
87
70th
one of my favorite paranoid movies
Rated 26 Jul 2010
98
99th
This movie is perfect. This movie is amazing. This movie is my favourite of all time. I've loved it since I was a kid and I will love it til I die. This is Jim Carreys first movie doing a somewhat serious role, Peter Weir directed this film in such a different way and it pays off amazingly. Philip Glass's score is fantastic and I don't believe anything will ever top this.
Rated 30 Aug 2010
96
97th
Outstanding movie. Terrific cast, great social depth to the story line and backed by a sublime soundtrack. This is just a fantastic movie and still a must see.
Rated 05 Oct 2010
90
0th
you are looking at me God!
Rated 19 Nov 2010
83
94th
This is a really cool idea for a movie. Jim Carrey is excellent here.
Rated 09 Dec 2010
87
85th
I have a strong feeling this film is probably one of Carrey's least popular films, because it really isn't a screw ball comedy like he is famous for. What this film is, however, is a thought provoking character piece that shows that this guy can act. Ed Harris is great in his supporting role. Highly recommended film.
Rated 28 Dec 2010
70
69th
Carrey's zaniness is a bit annoying even when he's playing a straight role, but it's a decent film with a lot of heart. And it's kind of impressive to think that this came out two years before Big Brother was thrust upon the world. People being watched every second of the day by tiny cameras that broadcast their every move to huge TV audiences?! Pfft, people would never sacrifice their dignity for a fleeting brush with fame! Would they? Oh...
Rated 31 Dec 2010
100
82nd
This is one of the most MOVING and symbolic movies I've ever seen. Jim Carrey's vulnerability and determination as the truth unfolds is at once heart-breaking and inspiring. This movie truly touched me.
Rated 18 Mar 2011
100
95th
a film that really moved me. while watching it for the first time in the movie theater, in the first half, i was paranoid about whether my life was also like truman's, but then i realized, i'm gay, hence no chance of ratings! :p
Rated 18 Mar 2011
92
97th
a masterful and still thoughtfull movie with somethingon its heart even this day today, and with a stellar Jim Carrey
Rated 08 Apr 2011
95
85th
That is one great movie with great cast, finally a chance to see good actor Carrey and a shining Linney. Such a great story well told, is a before critic of todays reality shows of so called real life. If it is genuine, we want it, if it is fake, we still want it, even more. That movie is showing the other side of deception, which is probably impossible today.
Rated 19 May 2011
98
94th
Watched this again and upped my rating. Outstanding movie and performances!
Rated 21 Jun 2011
90
88th
Jim Carrey proves that he doesn't have to be funny to be entertaining, but is still pretty funny. Great concept, excellent execution, and a lot of great performances keep this one locked firmly in my memory banks as a personal favorite.
Rated 01 Sep 2011
80
68th
Makes you actually question your own sense of reality. Clearly its not like this, but still.
Rated 17 Sep 2011
88
77th
A great psychological drama showing off all of Jim Carrey's abilities, serious and comedic. A unique story combined with a very intriguing concept draws you in from the very beginning and hooks you for the whole ride.
Rated 04 Oct 2011
80
81st
It's a fascinating premise that doesn't seem to have been used to its fullest potential, but delivers a pretty good movie nonetheless. Thankfully it steers away from the sappy stuff. The parts where little things went wrong, breaking the illusion of reality, were great. It must suck to be an actor in Truman's world though. "You can't leave the set. You can't do anything fun. You're roleplaying a boring douchebag. Oh, and you're in this for life." Yikes.
Rated 03 Dec 2011
99
99th
Great Great Great Idea. love you peter Weir!
Rated 30 Jan 2012
80
89th
The Truman Show is a great film because it gives us a character to empathize with, strong performances and some thing to think about. This review featured a lot of questions, and I mean every single one of them. When you finish watching, you might just want to watch it again. You'll want to experience this film more than once -- it's just such a fun journey to take part in. And you do feel like you're going along with Truman on his quest to discover the truth about his life.
Rated 02 Feb 2012
80
87th
I really love the engaging story and its seems surprisingly real, also I really liked the pacing, acting and all the little details.
Rated 11 Mar 2012
100
98th
When I first saw this movie I thought, 'Finally, someone understands my childhood.'
Rated 13 Apr 2012
91
90th
The fact that the plot of this film becomes less fantastical as time goes by is all the evidence you need that it is really effective satire. All the better that is was executed almost perfectly. First film to show that Carrey was more than a one-note comic actor.
Rated 30 Nov 2012
76
70th
Weak screenplay and directing were about to ruin the whole great idea!
Rated 07 Jan 2013
85
82nd
An intriguing and thought-provoking film, The Truman Show is easily one of Jim Carrey's best
Rated 22 Feb 2013
90
91st
A strange and unique film. An oddball premise that's carried by Carrey's great performance. The explosion of reality television in recent years makes this film more relevant now than when it was made.
Rated 25 Jun 2013
90
97th
A great concept perfectly executed. Carrey's performance is diverse; both entertaining and realistic, and the sets feel beautifully small and idyllic. It's a funny movie with serious notes, and these two aspects blend perfectly, both strengthening the other. This movie possesses the rare combination of powers to both entertain you and make you think about it for long after it's done.
Rated 16 Sep 2013
95
84th
I really enjoyed this a lot. The Truman Show is excellently written, and it's one of Carrey's better roles. Definitely better than it looks and well worth watching. Plenty of drama and comedic laughs here. Very well made movie about a man being watched by many unknowingly. Watch it!
Rated 21 Oct 2013
81
54th
A tentative review, this. Acclaimed at the time as a masterpiece, the core issue is now rather clear: the premise is a fascinating and thought-provoking one, but the treatment is Hollywood business as usual. At 95 minutes, sans credits, Andrew Niccol's script doesn't dig nearly as deep as it could (and it doesn't end so much as stop). But it's entertaining and compelling in its own right, Jim Carrey and Ed Harris are strong, and Peter Weir's direction is smooth. Good score, too.
Rated 21 Jan 2014
82
62nd
A solid movie with a fresh and, 15 years later, still very relevant premise. They do a good movie in the hour and 40 mins they have, but there's a lot of potentially rich subject matter that's left unexplored.

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