Citizen Ruth
Citizen Ruth (1996)

The divisive issue of abortion is at the center of Citizen Ruth, a political satire that attempts to subject both pro-choice and pro-life forces to equal ridicule. Laura Dern portrays Ruth Stoops, an irresponsible, unemployed woman… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: December 13, 1996
DVD Release Date: April 8, 2003
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mike Clark
USA Today

It's probably too schematic to reward more than a single viewing, but as a provocative one-time surprise it may become a specialized sleeper.

Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Payne didn't hit his stride until Election, but this is a good film.

Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

An auspicious debut for director Payne that did more than hint at teh great things to come.

Emanuel Levy

Uncharacteristically of Payne, the film lacks a sharp point of view, unfloding as a series of gigs (some quite funny), trying to be too fair--for a satire--to both sides of the abortion issue.

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Frank Ochieng

Payne's biting social satire about the abortion issue is shrewd and raucously entertaining. A smart and subversive comedy

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Bold drama about the dangers of zealotry.

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Brandon Judell

Wicked comedy about abortion conflict. Dern is terrific.

Christopher Null

Worst of all is Dern, who is so gratingly offensive that by the end of the movie you really just want her to shut up more than anything else.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Its weak position on the issues allowed it to throw stones at everyone and seem like it was hip to what was going on.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
One of the best political satires to deal with the extremely volatile subject of abortion, first time director Alexander Payne gave a powerhouse first film to… More
Alec Barniskis
Number one its ballsy, I mean really a comedy about abortion is just not the type of film that is made too often. Number two, Laura Dern is one of the bet… More
Chris Weber
This marked the feature debut of director and co-writer Alexander Payne, and man, did he get off to a good start. This is a scathing satire on the hot-button… More
William Goss
Sketchy satire with loser as unwitting bargaining chip in war on abortion.
Daniel Dolgin
There aren't to many comedies about abortion out there today, but Alexander Payne attempts on in Citizen Ruth. The movie has guts, but the humor itself… More
Stephen Earnest
"Citizen Ruth" is the most blatant satire I have ever seen, and it's one of the funniest as well. Alexander Payne is such a gifted writer and his… More

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