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The Truman Show

drama, sci-fi & fantasy


He's the star of the show--but he doesn't know. Jim Carrey wowed critics and audiences alike as unwitting Truman Burbank in this movie from director Peter Weir about a man whose life is a nonstop TV show.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    94%
  • Audience Score
    88%

common sense

ON for kids age 10
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5
Violence
0 out of 5

Thought-provoking story; outstanding performances.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has some tense scenes that may upset younger or more sensitive kids, but overall this is a fine films for kids 8 and up, and their parents.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Truman figures out that something is wrong and whether it was fair for Christof to raise Truman that way. They can also talk to children about why television is so interesting, whether they would want to watch someone who did not know he was on television, and what Truman will think of the messier reality he finds when he leaves the set.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    94%
    reviews counted: 28
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  • Audience

    88%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A good, intelligent, insightful movie...

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Friday, April 27, 2007

Fresh: Carrey is on his mettle, but you wonder why thirty years of close observation have made Truman so funny; shouldn't he be a regular guy gone mad?

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fresh:

- David Ansen, Newsweek, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Audience Reviews

5 stars

I wouldn(TM)t say Jim Carrey is a great actor, and I wouldn(TM)t say I(TM)m all too fond of him, either. He is a comedian that has his upsides (i.e. DUMB AND DUMBER, BRUCE ALMIGHTY) as well as his downsides (i.e. HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, LIAR LIAR). It was odd but rather pleasing to see him performing in THE TRUMAN SHOW, as we would never expect such a light-spirited comedian to play a role in such a heavy-headed drama. (Not that this wasn(TM)t somewhat satirical.) It(TM)s not just the lack of hyperactivity we get a perspective of from Carrey; we get to see a suddenly amazing actor rather than a total goof-off. Peter Weir was the best part of this film, for me. I thoroughly enjoyed his earlier films such as DEAD POETS SOCIETY and WITNESS, and I absolutely loved MASTER AND COMMANDER from more recently. This, I would have to say, is the best I(TM)ve seen of him yet. His creative blend of a stunning plot, voyeuristic views, a calming soundtrack of piano pieces (most notably Mozart(TM)s Rondo Alla Turca), and the most insanely unpredictable plot twists (should I italicize the words insanely unpredictable?), make for a phenomenal motion picture. Furthermore, it(TM)s hard not to believe as a soap opera television series.

- spielberg00, Friday, February 10, 2012

2 stars

One of the few times i could stand Jim Carrey. This movie was much better than i expected considering my dislike for Carrey

- jmanard52, Sunday, June 29, 2008

5 stars

This is one of those films that's really struck a chord with me ever since I first saw it. I liked it a lot then, but over time, it's really hit harder, what with "reality' TV becoming even more pervasive since this came out. Peter Weir, working with a script from the briliant and intelligent Andrew Niccol, delivers an intelligent and thought provoking dramedy about the consequences of media manipulation, and the effect it has on those who don't know (at first) what's been happening to them their whole lives. Jim Carrey, mainly known as a funny fan turned in a more serious role here, during a time when he began to dabble with something other than just pure comedy. He's great. He gives a sensitive and moving performance as a poor schmuck whose whole life has been a TV show without him ever knowing. Ed Harris is brilliant as the mastermind behind it all, and I really like Laura Linney and Natascha McElhone in their respective roles as players in on the charade. This is not a horror film or thriller, but God knows it certainly could be. While the movie is all cheery and mostly light-hearted, there are shades of a really dark underbelly. Despite how the scenario is played, this is really a pretty scary concept. As I recall, this was fairly well recieved by critics and audiences (especially critics), but I feel that it is really beginning to get the true appreciation it deserves given what I had previously mentioned about all that has taken place since this was first released. I don't want a situation like this to happen in real life, but I fear that it's probably an inevitability. The line between entertainment and intrusion needs to be drawn, and, while this film isn't super preachy, it works very well as a cautionary tale.

- cosmo313, Monday, November 1, 2010