(1996)

Critic Reviews

64

Metascore

Based on 18 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Dern is nothing short of brilliant here.
90
The New York Times
A hilariously brazen comedy whose heroine is an improbable hoot.
83
Entertainment Weekly
Is it really possible to make a comedy about abortion? Alexander Payne, who cowrote and directed this mischievous bit of sociological screwball, has brought it off.
75
A satire with the reckless courage to take on both sides in the abortion debate.
75
Along the way, this funny picture does exactly what a satire should: It irritates everybody. At least it runs that risk.
75
USA Today
An equitably rude comedy about abortion, brazen by definition but also fairly droll. 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. [13 December 1996, p.4D]
75
Christian Science Monitor
Alexander Payne's equal-opportunity satire persuasively argues that no ideological group has a lock on "values" or "correctness," and reminds us that fanatics can be found on every side of an issue.
75
ReelViews
Has its share of bitingly funny moments, and some of the comedy is quite inventive.
50
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
A screwball comedy about the abortion issue? First-time writer-director Alexander Payne gives it a college try.
50
TV Guide
The result is studded with brilliant moments and an eccentric cast.

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