Beautiful (2000)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 29, 2000
DVD Release Date: February 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 16% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sally Field's directing debut suffers from an inconsistent tone, implausible script, and a protagonist that critics say is one of the most loathsome to come around in a long time.

Ted Shen
Chicago Reader

ally Field's direction is pedestrian, though she does manage to get shamelessly winning performances out of Driver and Eisenberg.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

The tame, confused script eventually sinks the film.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Beautiful is just bad, sadly. Where's the plot?

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Emanuel Levy

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.

Paul Clinton (

Focuses on one woman's heartfelt and funny journey in search of what beauty really means.

Michael Dequina

An uneasy mix of broad satire, soap opera outlandishness, and movie-of-the-week sappiness.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A movie with so many inconsistencies, improbabilities, unanswered questions and unfinished characters that we have to suspend not only disbelief but also intelligence.

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

Sally, get it straight: Mona doesn't deserve to be cheered. We don't like her. We really, really don't like her.

David Noh
Film Journal International

It's treacly, plastic and shamelessly obvious, and yet, on a low-rent level, it somehow works.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Leigh Ryan
One of my favorite movies of all time.
Leo L
Love this movie! A favorite.