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Beautiful (2000)


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

Critics 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.

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

Critics 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.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 10,370



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

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


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Critic Reviews for Beautiful

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.

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

A movie with so many inconsistencies, improbabilities, unanswered questions and unfinished characters that we have to suspend not only disbelief but also intelligence.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The tame, confused script eventually sinks the film.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Focuses on one woman's heartfelt and funny journey in search of what beauty really means.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Beautiful is just bad, sadly. Where's the plot?

Full Review… | September 30, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | January 14, 2010

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

Full Review… | December 11, 2006
Film Journal International of that growing genre of mainstream Hollywood shots at the main chance -- an unfunny comedy.

Full Review… | January 2, 2005
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
Cinema em Cena

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...

Full Review… | June 10, 2002
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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

[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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Apollo Guide

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

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