Citizen Ruth Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 1, 2006
Uncharacteristically of Payne, the film lacks a sharp point of view, unfloding as a series of gigs (some quite funny), trying to be too fair--for a satire--to both sides of the abortion issue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
January 6, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Brandon Judell
PopcornQ
April 1, 2005
Wicked comedy about abortion conflict. Dern is terrific.
| Original Score: 4/5
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
March 8, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
June 7, 2004
Payne didn't hit his stride until Election, but this is a good film.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 4, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
December 18, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 7, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com
June 4, 2003
Payne's biting social satire about the abortion issue is shrewd and raucously entertaining. A smart and subversive comedy
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
February 17, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
January 16, 2003
An auspicious debut for director Payne that did more than hint at teh great things to come.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 28, 2002
Bold drama about the dangers of zealotry.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
It's probably too schematic to reward more than a single viewing, but as a provocative one-time surprise it may become a specialized sleeper.
| Original Score: 3/4
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 27, 2009
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David Ansen
Newsweek
March 31, 2008
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004

Austin Chronicle
October 1, 2003
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
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Nell Bernstein
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
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Washington Post
January 1, 2000

E! Online
January 1, 2000

Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
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Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
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