Citizen Ruth Reviews

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October 17, 2018
The movie's most charming characteristic is, in fact, its irreverence: It bears the tell-tale signs of a young director taking aim at, and then laughing off, the absurdities of the world he grew up in.
September 7, 2011
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.
January 6, 2006
April 1, 2005
Wicked comedy about abortion conflict. Dern is terrific.
March 8, 2005
June 7, 2004
Payne didn't hit his stride until Election, but this is a good film.
June 4, 2004
December 18, 2003
November 7, 2003
June 4, 2003
Payne's biting social satire about the abortion issue is shrewd and raucously entertaining. A smart and subversive comedy
April 4, 2003
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.
February 17, 2003
January 16, 2003
An auspicious debut for director Payne that did more than hint at teh great things to come.
January 10, 2003
August 28, 2002
Bold drama about the dangers of zealotry.
July 31, 2002
Top Critic
April 12, 2002
January 1, 2000
Its weak position on the issues allowed it to throw stones at everyone and seem like it was hip to what was going on.
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.
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