Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. The superb screenplay won an award at Cannes this year for good reason.
  2. 100
    As ever, Freeman delivers miracles; he's as good as it gets.
  3. He (LaBute) pulls the farce and the violence and the fantasies together with a deft touch and a sweetness rare in American films -- especially his.
  4. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    There's a shrewd satiric method to LaBute's madness, and a payoff in comedic gold.
  5. It is easily the finest American comedy since David O. Russell's "Flirting With Disaster," another road movie that never ran out of poignantly funny surprises.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    All in all, Nurse Betty is a wonderful movie, unpredictably alive to the fact that the American citizenry is a lot stranger than we like to admit.
  7. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    Few actresses can convey the kind of honesty and humanity that Zellweger does here -- it's hard to imagine the film without her dominant, thoroughly credible performance.
  8. This offbeat and unpredictable comedy-thriller throws so many curveballs, one right after another, that I doubt I've had more fun at an American movie this year.
  9. The movie has a deliberately screw-loose feel.
  10. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    It's lively, edgy, full of zigs and zags, juicy performances, and offbeat fun.
  11. Betty moves into Coen Brothers territory, a land so unreal that horrific behavior wrings laughter from a disbelieving audience.
  12. 83
    It's a nicely tart gulp of grown-up wit and cynicism -- with, for a change, a cherry on top.
  13. 80
    This delightful and compassionate romp achieves precisely that rare quality -- grace -- that sets Betty apart from the pack.
  14. The resulting piece resonates upon the American condition, deliciously detailing the whimsy, violence, intolerance, and shallow fantasies that fuel this nation. Oh yeah, and it's funny.
  15. Nurse Betty is this year's "Being John Malkovich"-an utter original with a little something to say and a way of saying it that manages to be at once delightful and bilious.
  16. 75
    One of those films where you don't know whether to laugh or cringe, and find yourself doing both. It's a challenge: How do we respond to this loaded material?
  17. A black comedy that features Renee Zellweger as the most adorable psychiatric-trauma victim ever.
  18. This oddly cheerful, decreasingly dark comedy actually works and can boast some of the most enjoyable performances of the year.
  19. 63
    Observing Zellweger as she dispenses her brand of movie magic definitely is good for what ails you.
  20. 60
    Betty sustains her character, the movie fails to maintain its own.
  21. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    A feminist sitcom tricked up with garish violence and garrulous hit men.
  22. 54
    Badly photographed, clumsily edited, and lacking any discernable cinematic style.
  23. Zellweger is as charming as ever, and it's good to find LaBute working with a script by writers who don't fully share his crabbed, cramped view of human nature.
  24. 50
    It feels like three movies stitched together.
  25. 50
    Uncomfortable hodgepodge of poignant fantasy, showbiz satire and crime thriller.
  26. 50
    Its uneven comedy may leave moviegoers yearning for the confidently choreographed banter and moral sludge that marked LaBute's previous outings.
  27. Its warped, disconnected sensibility makes for an oddly distant piece of work.
  28. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    There are inspired moments in this edgy, unstable comedy.
  29. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    This fantasy-tinged romance leaves a distinctly bitter aftertaste.
  30. 30
    LaBute is some kind of find: an auteur for people who don't like movies.
  31. 25
    Aimless and unfocused.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Aug 31, 2013
    Although I found it an interesting concept, I found it quite hard to engage with any of the characters. Having said that, I did find I had a bit of a soft spot for Betty. It’s pretty well made, although I did feel I was watching a soap half the time. There were far too many coincidental events going on that allowed the plot to progress. The performances were all pretty good with Renée Zellweger easily standing out. Morgan Freeman was, well, Morgan Freeman; he just seems to play every part the same these days. Chris Rock was a bit of a surprise for me, playing the hot headed Wesley with great aplomb and a great degree of swearing. Over all though, I found it a little disappointing despite the decent performances, it never really got going.

    SteelMonster’s verdict: RECOMMENDED (Just)

    My score: 5.9/10.
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  2. Aug 17, 2011
    Surprisingly good. A story of a delusioned, not especially intellectual woman going on a search for her favorite doctor who she loves. She ofcourse doesn`t know that he is just an actor. The story is funny, with Betty getting in all kinds of trouble. The villains are sleek, clever and trace her every step right into the final. This is one of those average movies which is taken into above-average level by a wonderful cast. All of the acting : Morgan Freeman, Rene Zellweger, Chris Rock, Aaron Eckhart and Greg Kinnear showed excelled performance , creating believable and likable characters. You would think you quit watching the film after 20minutes (naaaah), but you suddenly notice you watched the whole thing with a smile on your face all the time, and enjoyed it. Everything else in this movie is average. Full Review »
  3. Feb 1, 2011
    I think this movie tried to appeal to too many different "tastes". A clever plot line which just fell flat. I kept waiting and waiting to see what the climax of the movie would deliver and, like a Domino's delivery boy with a flat tire, just didn't deliver at all. Renee was likeable and true to typecast (at the time), but couldn't save this dud. Full Review »