Metascore
69

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. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    90
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    90
    There's a shrewd satiric method to LaBute's madness, and a payoff in comedic gold.
  8. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    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.
  9. Betty moves into Coen Brothers territory, a land so unreal that horrific behavior wrings laughter from a disbelieving audience.
  10. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    It's lively, edgy, full of zigs and zags, juicy performances, and offbeat fun.
  11. The movie has a deliberately screw-loose feel.
  12. 83
    It's a nicely tart gulp of grown-up wit and cynicism -- with, for a change, a cherry on top.
User Score
2.4

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Aug 31, 2013
    6
    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 aAlthough 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
    8
    Surprisingly good. A story of a delusioned, not especially intellectual woman going on a search for her favorite doctor who she loves. SheSurprisingly 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
    4
    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 toI 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 »