Critics Consensus

Sally Field's directing debut suffers from an inconsistent tone, implausible script, and a protagonist that critics say is one of the most loathsome to come around in a long time.



Total Count: 64


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Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field makes her debut as a director of a theatrical feature with this gently satiric comedy. Mona Hibbard (Minnie Driver) is a woman from a small town in Illinois who never enjoyed much of a rapport with her parents. Looking for approval and validation, Mona began entering local beauty pageants in her early teens; now in her early 20's, Mona is still grimly determined to one day walk away a winner as she finds herself in the early innings of the Miss American Miss competition, organized by Verna Chickle (Kathleen Turner). Somewhere along the way, Mona became a single mother; determined not to let this stand in the way of a pageant victory, Mona has persuaded her best friend Ruby (Joey Lauren Adams) to raise her daughter Vanessa (Hallie Kate Eisenberg) as her own. However, Vanessa seems to have sensed that something is wrong; she feels a much greater bond with Mona than her "mother," and (like nearly everyone else), she's noticed that she looks a lot more like Mona than Ruby. Beautiful also features Kathleen Robertson, Bridgette Wilson, and Leslie Stefanson.

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Joey Lauren Adams
as Ruby Stillwell
Kathleen Turner
as Verna Chickle
Leslie Stefanson
as Joyce Parkins
Michael McKean
as Lance DeSalvo
Gary Collins
as Miss America Miss host
Colleen Rennison
as Mona at 12
Sylvia Short
as Alberta
Ali Landry
as Belindy Lindbrook
Robin Renee
as Miss Alabama
Chuti Tiu
as Miss Hawaii
Samantha Harris
as Miss Minnesota
Dawn Heusser
as Miss West Virginia
Julie Condra
as Miss Iowa
Jessica Collins
as Miss Lawrenceville
Deborah Kellner
as Reigning Miss Illinois
Brent Huff
as Miss Illinois Local Pageant Host
Shawn Christian
as Wink Hendricks
Margaret Emery
as Pageant P.A.
Irene Roseen
as Woman Official
Mark Christensen
as Production Assistant
William Forward
as Orthodontist
Liz Lang
as Dental Nurse
Alexander Folk
as Tom the Grocer
Lu Elrod
as Neighbor Woman
Adilah Barnes
as Home Economics Teacher
Cindy Montoya-Picker
as Dance Teacher
Lorna Scott
as Mother in Diner
Earl B. Shuman
as Elderly Man in Restaurant
Mary E. Thompson
as Elderly Woman in Restaurant
Dale Raoul
as Shopper
Robert Daniel Phelps
as Mr. Willoughby
Jordan Lund
as Detective
Keli Daniels
as Fitness Club Lady
Susan Segal
as Fitness Club Lady
Annabella Price
as Mother at Slumber Party
Sydney Berry
as Little Girl at Slumber Party
Ken Baldwin
as E.I. Crew Member
Spice Williams
as Female Prisoner
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Critic Reviews for Beautiful

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (24)

  • ally Field's direction is pedestrian, though she does manage to get shamelessly winning performances out of Driver and Eisenberg.

    Apr 12, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Flat, witless, and sappy (a very bad combo), Sally Field's embarrassing feature directorial debut aims to say something "relevant" about American society's obsession with physical looks at the expense of "inner beauty" and moral integrity.

    Sep 12, 2006 | Rating: D-

    Emanuel Levy

    Top Critic
  • It manages to find an almost pitch-perfect accumulation of ill-matched tones, sheer grotesquerie, near-heroic absurdity and self-canceling folly.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A conceptual tug-of-war between pathos, cynicism, and satire that is perfunctorily resolved by a thoroughly undeserved (if unsurprising) change of heart.

    Jan 1, 2000

    Cody Clark

    Mr. Showbiz
    Top Critic
  • As predictable as a beauty queen's tearful acceptance speech.

    Jan 1, 2000
  • Awkward, alternately sour and sappy.

    Jan 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Beautiful

  • Oct 30, 2009
    I was REALLY suprised how much I liked this movie & Im glad I watched it
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 07, 2008
    super cute! i adored it :)
    art s Super Reviewer
  • May 16, 2007
    This is a movie you see with your mom or best friend. Its really self center and voicing out a bad image to society.. Hated it.
    Moviestar M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2007
    Love this movie! A favorite.
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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