Nurse Betty

2000

Nurse Betty

Critics Consensus

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.

83%

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Total Count: 131
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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 especially devoted viewer in Betty. One night, watching a videotape of that day's episode, she becomes an accidental witness to a deal going fatally awry for her no-good car salesman husband. Betty, traumatized, enters into a fugue state that allows - even encourages - her to keep functioning, in a kind of alternate reality. Betty Sizemore becomes "Nurse Betty," who is set on returning to the love of her life, the show's Dr. David Ravell. Betty promptly sets off for Los Angles in a "borrowed" 1997 Buick LeSabre - which is precisely what her late husband's killers are looking for. As Betty makes contact with Dr. Ravell and the hit men slowly but surely track her down, life begins to imitate art and vice versa.

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All Critics (131) | Top Critics (38)

  • Swerving from viciousness to whimsy to dubious feminist fable, Nurse Betty doesn't jell. Still, with a cast as charmed as this, it comes oh so close.

    Mar 6, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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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.

    Apr 27, 2007 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    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

    Jul 23, 2006 | Rating: B+

    Emanuel Levy

    Variety
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  • Almost every emotion and action on view is presented as false, idiotic or superficial.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    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 | Rating: 5/5
  • A triumph for Mr. LaBute as it is for its cast, because its success is so dependent on its sustaining a precarious balance between humor and pathos, realism and fantasy.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 4.5/5

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