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Nurse Betty Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Almost every emotion and action on view is presented as false, idiotic or superficial.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Whether or not Betty sustains her character, the movie fails to maintain its own. The scenario falls apart.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
You get the feeling the makers of Nurse Betty are daring you not to get the big satire they've concocted. And in place of the customary TV laugh track, LaBute simply bludgeons you over the head with jokes.
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
Although everyone involved is likable, especially Zellweger, the elements don't mesh.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 7, 2002
Often takes violent turns that are unnecessary and repellent.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Mac Verstandig
Moviereviews.org
January 1, 2000
The comedy and drama simply don't jive and the end result is sheer and utter idiocy.
| Original Score: 3/10
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 8, 2002
Does LaBute feel any sympathy for his victimized women, or merely contempt for their weakness?
Full Review | Original Score: D-
January 1, 2000
The movie is a comedy, I guess. It looks sunny and it's played lightheartedly. But what's the point?
| Original Score: 2/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
In terms of the taste it leaves behind, the difference between LaBute's first two films and Nurse Betty is the difference between eating a bucket of bad clams and coming upon them deliberately placed in a seafood dinner.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
This fantasy-tinged romance leaves a distinctly bitter aftertaste.
Sarah Hepola
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Its uneven comedy may leave moviegoers yearning for the confidently choreographed banter and moral sludge that marked LaBute's previous outings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
The flip side to LaBute's cheapjack cynicism, as it turns out, is a cheapjack romanticism. They're equally counterfeit.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
[The actors'] nimble comic timing is hampered by truly ugly, amateurish production work.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
A masquerade that doesn't work.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 1, 2000
Apart from a few punchy chuckles, Nurse Betty is the drag end of a wan hipness that lacks juice and focus.
January 1, 2000
Uncomfortable hodgepodge of poignant fantasy, showbiz satire and crime thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
A cracked romantic comedy, with an emphasis on cracked.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 1, 2000
This black comedy from Neil LaBute doesn't look finished, just abandoned -- a complicated tangle of clashing ideas and styles beyond the director's capacity to reconcile.
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
January 1, 2000
Nurse Betty doesn't have the narrative credibility of the average soap.
Jay Stone
Ottawa Citizen
January 1, 2000
Nurse Betty is what Fargo might have been if it wasn't very good.
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