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Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field makes her debut as a director of a theatrical feature with this gently satiric comedy. Mona Hibbard (Minnie Driver) is a woman from a small town in Illinois who never enjoyed much of a rapport with her parents. Looking for approval and validation, Mona began entering local beauty pageants in her early teens; now in her early 20's, Mona is still grimly determined to one day walk away a winner as she finds herself in the early innings of the Miss American Miss competition, organized by Verna Chickle (Kathleen Turner). Somewhere along the way, Mona… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 16%

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"ally Field's direction is pedestrian, though she does manage to get shamelessly winning performances out of Driver and Eisenberg."
‑ Ted Shen, Chicago Reader
"The tame, confused script eventually sinks the film."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Beautiful is just bad, sadly. Where's the plot?"
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
" of that growing genre of mainstream Hollywood shots at the main chance -- an unfunny comedy."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"[Driver] gives a technically impressive and effectively scary performance. But then, so does the Terminator."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"Flat, witless, and sappy (a very bad combo), Sally Field's embarrassing feature directorial debut aims to say something "relevant" about American society's obsession with physical looks at the expense of "inner beauty" and moral integrity."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Focuses on one woman's heartfelt and funny journey in search of what beauty really means."
‑ Paul Clinton (,
"An uneasy mix of broad satire, soap opera outlandishness, and movie-of-the-week sappiness."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Pior do que a direção de Sally Field, só mesmo o caráter desprezível da personagem principal: uma mulher egoísta, fútil e irritante. Ao longo do filme, eu não queria apenas que ela perdesse o concurso; queria que ela sofresse."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"It has some humor and warmth, but would be nearly unendurable except for Driver."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"A movie with so many inconsistencies, improbabilities, unanswered questions and unfinished characters that we have to suspend not only disbelief but also intelligence."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Sally, get it straight: Mona doesn't deserve to be cheered. We don't like her. We really, really don't like her."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"It's treacly, plastic and shamelessly obvious, and yet, on a low-rent level, it somehow works."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"When a person is suffering deeply, Field cues you in to what they're thinking by having voices from the past echoing all around them, a technique that's more often used in cautionary drivers' ed documentaries..."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"One idiotic, false, maddening plot turn after another, none of which are resolved in a manner that would resemble real, human behavior."
‑ Dave White, IFilm
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