• R, 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Alexander Payne
    In Theaters:
    Dec 13, 1996 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 8, 2003
  • Miramax

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Citizen Ruth Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Worst of all is Dern, who is so gratingly offensive that by the end of the movie you really just want her to shut up more than anything else.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

April 4, 2003
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: C+

January 10, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Its weak position on the issues allowed it to throw stones at everyone and seem like it was hip to what was going on.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

January 1, 2000

Globe and Mail
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Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

April 12, 2002
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 31, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 4/5

January 6, 2006
Frank Ochieng
TheWorldJournal.com

Payne's biting social satire about the abortion issue is shrewd and raucously entertaining. A smart and subversive comedy

| Original Score: 4/5

June 4, 2003
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 3/5

February 17, 2003
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Bold drama about the dangers of zealotry.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

August 28, 2002
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com

| Original Score: 3/5

March 8, 2005
Mike Clark
USA Today
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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

January 1, 2000
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 4/5

November 7, 2003
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus | Original Score: A-

January 1, 2000
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

December 18, 2003
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 4/5

June 4, 2004
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Payne didn't hit his stride until Election, but this is a good film.

| Original Score: 3/5

June 7, 2004
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

An auspicious debut for director Payne that did more than hint at teh great things to come.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 16, 2003
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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March 27, 2009
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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June 18, 2002
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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November 6, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Nell Bernstein
Salon.com
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January 1, 2000
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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February 14, 2001
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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August 30, 2004
David Ansen
Newsweek
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March 24, 2002

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October 1, 2003
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