Nurse Betty
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The actors hold the movie together, particularly Ms. Zellweger and Mr. Freeman, whose characters achieve a remarkable intimacy in a most unlikely situation."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"LaBute didn't write Nurse Betty, but his fierce comic touch is, luckily, all over this movie."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"This comedy has a few violent scenes."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"After a summer of cookie-cutter comedies and blowsy action flicks, Neil LaBute's Nurse Betty is good for what ails you."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"In the end [it] tells us we shouldn't depend on each other... we should be glad that 'we have ourselves.' What a lonely and sad conclusion."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"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"
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Whether or not Betty sustains her character, the movie fails to maintain its own. The scenario falls apart."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Good performances all around, especially from Zellweger and Kinnear. Lots of good laughs laced with nastiness."
‑ Bob Grimm, Sacramento News & Review
"Despite cringing at many of Betty's deluded interactions with the residents of her final destination and the director's seeming lack of faith in the believability of many of the scenes, Nurse Betty still turns out to be entertaining."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"Nurse Betty suffers, however, from a script that relies on jaded hit men for comic impact. We've seen it done too many times since...Pulp Fiction."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Almost every emotion and action on view is presented as false, idiotic or superficial."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Nurse Betty is never going to be confused with Mary Poppins, but as of now, it's LaBute's crowd pleaser."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"This is easily Ms. Zellweger's finest work."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"If I had to use just one word to describe Nurse Betty, that word would undoubtedly be...Quirky. And I mean that in a really, really good way."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Las actuaciones son buenas, al nivel del gran elenco que se reúne, pero el guión es el que se lleva los aplausos."
‑ Alex Ramirez, Cinenganos
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