Rolling Stone - 11/12/1998
"...The film is a technical marvel....A visionary adventure..."
Sight and Sound - 03/??/1999
"...PLEASANTVILLE's ideas are visual and cinematic as well as theoretical, making it glorious entertainment..."
Total Film - 10/01/1999
"...Gorgeous effects and a top-notch cast....A funny, feelgood Hollywood movie..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
USA Today - 11/20/1998
New York Times - 10/23/1998
"...[An] ingenious fantasy....Ms. Witherspoon turns in a deliciously naughty performance..."
Box Office - 11/01/1998
"...Winsome and witty....PLEASANTVILLE cleverly satirizes those who preach the values of rigid family values and conformity..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/23/1998
"...Color and black and white exist magically and seamlessly in the same frames....PLEASANTVILLE further illustrates how limitless the future is for the inventive use of new technologies..."
Wall Street Journal - 03/22/2012
"PLEASANTVILLE sparkles with poetic notions as color spreads throughout the town."
Two modern American teenagers are sucked into their television set and end up living in a black-and-white fifties sitcom. Bewildered by their new world's naivete and innocence, they slowly start to add color and spice to the town's life. Eventually, however, they begin to question their influence, wondering if their advanced 90's attitudes are really that much better than those of the innocent past. Sterling effects and stand-out performances make this commentary on modern life a poignant, entertaining effort.