Beautiful (2000)



Critic Consensus: Sally Field's directing debut suffers from an inconsistent tone, implausible script, and a protagonist that critics say is one of the most loathsome to come around in a long time.

Movie Info

Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field makes her debut as a director of a theatrical feature with this gently satiric comedy. Mona Hibbard (Minnie Driver) is a woman from a small town in Illinois who never enjoyed much of a rapport with her parents. Looking for approval and validation, Mona began entering local beauty pageants in her early teens; now in her early 20's, Mona is still grimly determined to one day walk away a winner as she finds herself in the early innings of the Miss American … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mabel Cheung, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Alex Law, Wu Nien-Jen, Jon Bernstein
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 20, 2001
Box Office: $2.8M
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment - Official Site


as Ruby Stillwell

as Verna Chickle

as Joyce Parkins

as Lance DeSalvo

as Miss America Miss ho...

as Nedra

as Mona at 12

as Alberta

as Belindy Lindbrook

as Miss Alabama

as Miss Hawaii

as Miss Minnesota

as Miss West Virginia

as Miss Iowa

as Miss Lawrenceville

as Reigning Miss Illino...

as Miss Illinois Local ...

as Wink Hendricks

as Pageant P.A.

as Woman Official

as Production Assistant

as Orthodontist

as Dental Nurse

as Tom the Grocer

as Neighbor Woman

as Home Economics Teach...

as Dance Teacher

as Mother in Diner

as Elderly Man in Resta...

as Elderly Woman in Res...

as Shopper

as Mr. Willoughby

as Detective

as Fitness Club Lady

as Fitness Club Lady

as Mother at Slumber Pa...

as Little Girl at Slumb...

as E.I. Crew Member

as Female Prisoner

as Lorna Miss Texas
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Critic Reviews for Beautiful

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (27)

ally Field's direction is pedestrian, though she does manage to get shamelessly winning performances out of Driver and Eisenberg.

Full Review… | April 12, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Flat, witless, and sappy (a very bad combo), Sally Field's embarrassing feature directorial debut aims to say something "relevant" about American society's obsession with physical looks at the expense of "inner beauty" and moral integrity.

Full Review… | September 12, 2006
Top Critic

It manages to find an almost pitch-perfect accumulation of ill-matched tones, sheer grotesquerie, near-heroic absurdity and self-canceling folly.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

A conceptual tug-of-war between pathos, cynicism, and satire that is perfunctorily resolved by a thoroughly undeserved (if unsurprising) change of heart.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

As predictable as a beauty queen's tearful acceptance speech.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Awkward, alternately sour and sappy.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Beautiful

One of my favorite movies of all time.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer


Love this movie! A favorite.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

I was only awake for the second half of this, but that half was enough to deem it complete crap that had no business being made.

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