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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    There's a shrewd satiric method to LaBute's madness, and a payoff in comedic gold.
  3. A black comedy that features Renee Zellweger as the most adorable psychiatric-trauma victim ever.
  4. 60
    Betty sustains her character, the movie fails to maintain its own.
  5. 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.
  6. 25
    Aimless and unfocused.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. 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. Expand
  2. Gilbert
    Dec 12, 2002
    I don't know that we needed to actually SEE Chris Rock... [Spoiler Deleted]. And it is aimless and unfocused. But. It's also funny, touching and oddly compelling, and it's got good performances from Zellweger, Freeman and Rock. Plus, Alison "5'11 My Jim Royle" Janney is in it. So it can't be bad. Expand
  3. 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.
  4. 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. Collapse

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