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Nurse Betty (2000)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 130
Fresh: 109 | Rotten: 21

Quirky in the best sense of the word, Nurse Betty finds director Neil LaBute corralling a talented cast in service of a sharp, imaginative script.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 11

Quirky in the best sense of the word, Nurse Betty finds director Neil LaBute corralling a talented cast in service of a sharp, imaginative script.



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The winner of the Best Screenplay award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, this film is a darkly comic story about one woman's incredible determination to make her dreams come true against numerous odds. Fantasy collides with reality as Betty Sizemore, a small-town waitress and soap opera fan, inspires herself and everyone she meets to find at least a piece of their real selves throughout this romantic, dangerously funny road picture. The popular TV daytime drama "A Reason to Love" has an


Drama, Comedy

John Richards, James Flamberg

Apr 3, 2001


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All Critics (134) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (109) | Rotten (21) | DVD (19)

The actors hold the movie together, particularly Ms. Zellweger and Mr. Freeman, whose characters achieve a remarkable intimacy in a most unlikely situation.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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In his third, most accomplished film, LaBute puts aside the inquiry of misogyny that dominated his previous work and immerses himself in a lighter romantic fable about the collision of fantasy and reality, with a terrific performance from Renee Zelwegger

July 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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Almost every emotion and action on view is presented as false, idiotic or superficial.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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LaBute didn't write Nurse Betty, but his fierce comic touch is, luckily, all over this movie.

May 10, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Whether or not Betty sustains her character, the movie fails to maintain its own. The scenario falls apart.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Nurse Betty is never going to be confused with Mary Poppins, but as of now, it's LaBute's crowd pleaser.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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This comedy has a few violent scenes.

December 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Good performances all around, especially from Zellweger and Kinnear. Lots of good laughs laced with nastiness.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

This is easily Ms. Zellweger's finest work.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

After a summer of cookie-cutter comedies and blowsy action flicks, Neil LaBute's Nurse Betty is good for what ails you.

July 24, 2006 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Despite cringing at many of Betty's deluded interactions with the residents of her final destination and the director's seeming lack of faith in the believability of many of the scenes, Nurse Betty still turns out to be entertaining.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

If I had to use just one word to describe Nurse Betty, that word would undoubtedly be...Quirky. And I mean that in a really, really good way.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

In the end [it] tells us we shouldn't depend on each other... we should be glad that 'we have ourselves.' What a lonely and sad conclusion.

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

Nurse Betty suffers, however, from a script that relies on jaded hit men for comic impact. We've seen it done too many times since...Pulp Fiction.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Las actuaciones son buenas, al nivel del gran elenco que se reúne, pero el guión es el que se lleva los aplausos.

June 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinenganos

One of the finest-written surprises of the year.

October 3, 2003 Full Review Source:

A strong contender for one of the best films of the year.

August 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

This bizarrely funny satire/allegory from the maker of heavier fare such as In the Company of Men works on a surprising number of levels, not the least of which is perhaps the first human Renee Zellweger performance I have ever seen.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

With Nurse Betty, Zellweger moves fully into the realm of leading lady. Her crooked mouth and mousey voice notwithstanding, I wouldn't think it would be out of the question for her to garner an Oscar nomination for this excellent performance...

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

While Nurse Betty proves that LaBute has more than one string to his bow, you can't help thinking that he makes more memorable cinema when revelling in misanthropy.

December 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

A highly unlikely blend of savage violence, farcical humor and impossible romantic yearning, acted out with sometimes awe-inspiring precision.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Renee Zellwegger is the real star here, of course, and Greg Kinnear is very enjoyable too, but it's Chris Rock and Morgan Freeman that really won me over.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

The overall effect is one of a very special, genial loopiness.

September 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Nurse Betty

Pop psychology is never a good place to start a film but as stupid as it is, I still quite liked the idea of nurse Betty's post-traumatic TV soap obsession. Renée Zellweger plays endearing quite well, so her character it is safe to say was good enough to carry the film. It is all the other characters that ruin it. The great Crispin Glover is given a terrible role that was beneath him, Aaron Eckhart was miscast and Chris Rock and Morgan Freeman's characters had major continuity issues. The conclusion to what started as quite a fun and original story was such an anticlimax it felt like the writers just ran out of time. What was the reason for Charlie's obsession with Betty? How did Ballard find Betty? Why did Roy Ostery come with Ballard? How did Betty rent a flat and get a job with no ID? So much of the story made no sense at all, the fact it won Best Screenplay at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival is a complete mystery to me.
March 10, 2014

Super Reviewer

Not quite the 5 star movie I remembered, but still a pretty good one. Am rewatching some of my old DVDs and really enjoying them. Renee zellweger really was a good actress (still is, but I did like her earlier roles).
August 3, 2013

Super Reviewer

A biting dark comedy with a refreshingly odd premise, "Nurse Betty" is another truly original film from director Neil LaBute. Like most of his films (INCLUDING "The Wicker Man") you sometimes don't know when to laugh, cry, or cringe... but that is precisely what makes (most of) his films so memorable and wonderful. Indeed, "Nurse Betty" is a wonderful film; easily ranking with LaBute's best. Stellar writing, colorful characters, and hilariously awkward situations abound, while Renee Zellweger has never been more lovable, infectious, or charismatic as she is here. A great, slightly-twisted chunk of entertainment.
April 18, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Betty Sizemore: I just know there's something special out there for me.
    – Submitted by Frances H (13 months ago)
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