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Nurse Betty Reviews

March 6, 2018
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.
April 27, 2007
The actors hold the movie together, particularly Ms. Zellweger and Mr. Freeman, whose characters achieve a remarkable intimacy in a most unlikely situation.
July 23, 2006
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
Read More | Original Score: B+
January 26, 2006
Almost every emotion and action on view is presented as false, idiotic or superficial.
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April 25, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 10, 2001
LaBute didn't write Nurse Betty, but his fierce comic touch is, luckily, all over this movie.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
Although everyone involved is likable, especially Zellweger, the elements don't mesh.
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.
January 1, 2000
Zellweger is the best she's ever been.
January 1, 2000
Nurse Betty is never going to be confused with Mary Poppins, but as of now, it's LaBute's crowd pleaser.
January 1, 2000
The year's most enjoyable -- and most surprising -- fairy tale.
January 1, 2000
Its premise, I'll admit, is a lot to ask moviegoers to swallow. But if you can go along with its tall-tale spirit, you can't help but be amazed at how ingeniously the filmmakers work out the ramifications of Betty's delusion.
January 1, 2000
This year's Being John Malkovich.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Whether or not Betty sustains her character, the movie fails to maintain its own. The scenario falls apart.
January 1, 2000
After a summer of brain-numbing junk, Nurse Betty seems like a reprieve.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
A cracked romantic comedy, with an emphasis on cracked.
January 1, 2000
If Nurse Betty is any indication, these slightly more commercial movies won't be mere digressions or artistic sellouts; they'll be worth the wait, even if they aren't as distinctive or as sure-footed as his more challenging personal projects.
January 1, 2000
Literate, witty, original.
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.
January 1, 2000
As with all good uses of enchantment, Nurse Betty deposits us, in the end, back where we started -- but different, changed, with new ways of looking.
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 1, 2000
As it overdoses on quirks and violence, Nurse Betty isn't always the right prescription. But observing Zellweger as she dispenses her brand of movie magic definitely is good for what ails you.
January 1, 2000
This oddly cheerful, decreasingly dark comedy actually works and can boast some of the most enjoyable performances of the year.
January 1, 2000
This fantasy-tinged romance leaves a distinctly bitter aftertaste.
January 1, 2000
[The actors'] nimble comic timing is hampered by truly ugly, amateurish production work.
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Nurse Betty is one of those films where you don't know whether to laugh or cringe, and find yourself doing both.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Neil LaBute might have made the perfect capper for the end of the Clinton era -- a decade when the only bad lie was a badly told one.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
Despite some good acting, interesting illusion-vs.-reality plot scenarios and subtle humor. It just doesn't jell well.
January 1, 2000
At its best, Nurse Betty is so much fun, you hate to dissect it.
January 1, 2000
Nurse Betty's two hallmarks are originality and star quality, both of which combine to draw the viewer through the film's occasional rough spots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
LaBute, as always, has put together a great cast.
January 1, 2000
Everyone in the cast, from veteran Freeman to novice Rock, gives excellent performances.
January 1, 2000
A masquerade that doesn't work.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 1, 2000
The flip side to LaBute's cheapjack cynicism, as it turns out, is a cheapjack romanticism. They're equally counterfeit.
January 1, 2000
The actors are so expert and so congenially cast, and LaBute is so good at maintaining his agile, jokey tone, that his tale has an exhilarating flow.
January 1, 2000
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5