Nurse Betty 2000

Nurse Betty

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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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What happens when a person decides that life is merely a state of mind? If you're Betty, a small-town waitress and soap opera fan from Fair Oaks, Kansas, you refuse to believe that you can't be with the love of your life just because he doesn't really exist. After all, life is no excuse for not living. Traumatized by a savage event, Betty enters into a fugue state that allows -- even encourages -- her to keep functioning... in a kind of alternate reality.

Cast & Crew

Renée Zellweger
Betty Sizemore
Greg Kinnear
Dr. David Ravell, George McCord
Rolfe Kent
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Jean-Yves Escoffier
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Monika Mikkelsen
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James Flamberg
Writer (Screenplay)
Moritz Borman
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Stephen Pevner
Executive Producer
Chris Sievernich
Executive Producer
Philip Steuer
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Critic Reviews for Nurse Betty

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (109) | Rotten (22)

  • 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.

    March 7, 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.

    April 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

    July 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.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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    April 25, 2003 | Rating: 3/4
    Globe and Mail
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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

Audience Reviews for Nurse Betty

  • Feb 06, 2012
    The unexpected hard edge really saves this film from mediocrity. Full thumbs up to Chris Rock for an absolutely great surprise performance. Who knew that the guy had it in him.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 24, 2011
    Neil LaBute's "Nurse Betty" is a remarkable film. While LaBute takes a lot from The Coen Brothers (determinism, shades of existential violence, a dash of film noir) and David Lynch (the collision of fantasy and reality) which cements his role as opportunist rather than auteur, "Nurse Betty" remains fresh, vibrant and funny. The film incredibly manages to balance three completely different avenues and makes them cohesive. You have hit men Morgan Freeman and Chris Rock in one section, the psychotically broken Betty and her adventures in Los Angeles in another and then characters from small town Kansas rounding things out. The film manages to find a way to intertwine these aspects in a satisfying and intriguing way, always remembering the the truth behind this wacky scenario. "Nurse Betty" shouldn't work, it should have been a massive, convoluted mess. But it's not. It's an incredibly sly, biting and extremely heartfelt picture with a dynamite Renee Zellweger at it's center.
    Steven C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2008
    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).
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2007
    This film tries hard to be loved and it's by no means bad but apart from a standout performance by Zellweger, and her plot is the best part of the film, the subplots about stolen drugs and hitmen taking on their final job just feel tagged on to fill it out.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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