• R, 1 hr. 48 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Neil LaBute
    In Theaters:
    Sep 8, 2000 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 3, 2001
  • USA Films


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Nurse Betty Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

This comedy has a few violent scenes.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 26, 2010
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review

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

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

August 7, 2008
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

This is easily Ms. Zellweger's finest work.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 14, 2007
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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The actors hold the movie together, particularly Ms. Zellweger and Mr. Freeman, whose characters achieve a remarkable intimacy in a most unlikely situation.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 27, 2007
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

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

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: A

July 24, 2006
Emanuel Levy
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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

Full Review Source: Variety | Original Score: B+

July 23, 2006
Ron Wells
Film Threat

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.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 6, 2005
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

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.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 3/4

September 30, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

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.

| Original Score: B-

January 15, 2005
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

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.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 3/4

June 25, 2004
Alex Ramirez

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

Full Review Source: Cinenganos | Original Score: 4/5

June 23, 2004
Gerry Gallo

One of the finest-written surprises of the year.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 3/4

October 3, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 4, 2003
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

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.

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: A-

May 22, 2003
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

| Original Score: 4/4

May 14, 2003

Globe and Mail
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| Original Score: 3/4

April 25, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

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...

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 8, 2003
Philip Kemp
Sight and Sound

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.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

December 3, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

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

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 15, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

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.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 4/4

September 10, 2002
Stuart Klawans
The Nation

LaBute is working from a script that's blessedly free of his mechanized story construction and showboating, faux-Mamet dialogue. And guess what? He turns out to be a fine director.

March 3, 2005


November 14, 2002

Ebert & Roeper
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