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Alias Betty (Betty Fisher et autres histoires) (Betty Fisher and Other Stories) (2002)

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92

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 51
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 4

Alias Betty works both as a gripping thriller and as a precisely drawn character study.

95

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 1

Alias Betty works both as a gripping thriller and as a precisely drawn character study.

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59

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 746

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A woman's grief and her mother's madness lead to strange and unforeseen consequences in this offbeat drama based on a novel by Ruth Rendell. Betty Fisher (Sandrine Kiberlain) is a promising young writer who has a four-year-old son, Joseph (Arthur Setbon). Betty's mother, Margot (Nicole Garcia), comes to visit her from Spain. Betty's relationship with Margot is difficult at best; Margot is emotionally unstable, and once attacked her daughter with a pair of scissors when she was a child. While

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A pleasant enough valentine to Rendell's The Tree of Hands, if a story that deals with child abuse and sexual obsession could be described in those terms.

March 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Understated, elegant meditation on motherhood, obligation and coincidence, all wrapped up in the form of an urban thriller.

December 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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The story pulls us in almost immediately -- and the style and cast keep us hooked.

December 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Miller tells this very compelling tale with little fuss or noise, expertly plucking tension from quiet.

November 29, 2002
Seattle Times
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A provocative movie about loss, anger, greed, jealousy, sickness and love.

November 8, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Cold, pretentious, thoroughly dislikable study in sociopathy.

November 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Mezcla de serie negra "a la francesa" con estudio sórdido sobre la maternidad, Betty Fisher posee la estructura cinematográfica que debe tener una película que entrecruza historias como si fueran piezas de un collage que, al final, se juntan.

September 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

A captivating story.

April 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Like a Tarantino movie with heart, Alias Betty is richly detailed, deftly executed and utterly absorbing.

February 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

This is pretty dicey material. But some unexpected zigs and zags help.

February 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

An ingenious and often harrowing look at damaged people and how families can offer either despair or consolation.

January 30, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Miller is playing so free with emotions, and the fact that children are hostages to fortune, that he makes the audience hostage to his swaggering affectation of seriousness.

January 3, 2003 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Sharp psychological thriller...about mothers and children.

January 3, 2003 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Either a fascinating study of the relationship between mothers and their children or a disturbing story about sociopaths and their marks.

December 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Some of what happens in Alias Betty is highly improbable. Yet Miller and his excellent cast sell the story by not overplaying their hands.

December 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

If this movie were a book, it would be a page-turner, you can't wait to see what happens next.

December 13, 2002 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Claude Miller airs out a tight plot with an easy pace and a focus on character drama over crime-film complications.

November 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It says a lot about a filmmaker when he can be wacky without clobbering the audience over the head and still maintain a sense of urgency and suspense.

November 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

[Miller] knows that good suspense films don't always need to keep viewers on the edges of their seats; sometimes they can just be concerned with what interesting characters will do next.

November 8, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Alias Betty (Betty Fisher et autres histoires) (Betty Fisher and Other Stories)

A lot of people didn't like this one eh? Hmmm..interesting. This is the French attempt at pulling off the multiple story lines intersecting into one. And I think it works.
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