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Beautiful (2000)

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Average Rating: 3.2/10
Reviews Counted: 64
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 54

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.

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Average Rating: 2.9/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 21

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.

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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

Feb 20, 2001

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All Critics (78) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (54) | DVD (6)

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

April 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

September 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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A movie with so many inconsistencies, improbabilities, unanswered questions and unfinished characters that we have to suspend not only disbelief but also intelligence.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The tame, confused script eventually sinks the film.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Focuses on one woman's heartfelt and funny journey in search of what beauty really means.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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Sally, get it straight: Mona doesn't deserve to be cheered. We don't like her. We really, really don't like her.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Beautiful is just bad, sadly. Where's the plot?

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

An uneasy mix of broad satire, soap opera outlandishness, and movie-of-the-week sappiness.

January 14, 2010 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

It's treacly, plastic and shamelessly obvious, and yet, on a low-rent level, it somehow works.

December 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

...one of that growing genre of mainstream Hollywood shots at the main chance -- an unfunny comedy.

January 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Pior do que a direção de Sally Field, só mesmo o caráter desprezível da personagem principal: uma mulher egoísta, fútil e irritante. Ao longo do filme, eu não queria apenas que ela perdesse o concurso; queria que ela sofresse.

May 24, 2003
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When a person is suffering deeply, Field cues you in to what they're thinking by having voices from the past echoing all around them, a technique that's more often used in cautionary drivers' ed documentaries...

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

[Driver] gives a technically impressive and effectively scary performance. But then, so does the Terminator.

January 1, 2000
Los Angeles Daily News

It has some humor and warmth, but would be nearly unendurable except for Driver.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

One idiotic, false, maddening plot turn after another, none of which are resolved in a manner that would resemble real, human behavior.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: IFilm
IFilm

What could have been light and sweet is bogged down by layer upon layer of schmaltz and sentiment, not to mention a rather ugly (on the inside) main character.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Citysearch
Citysearch

[Field] fails horribly to establish a consistent tone; we never know whether she's going for laughs or melodrama.

January 1, 2000
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

You won't often see a movie with so many recognizable names yet such weak direction.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Love this movie! A favorite.
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