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R| 1 hr. 44 min.

Plot Summary
"Citizen Ruth" is the story of Ruth Stoops (Laura Dern), a woman who nobody even noticed -- until she got pregnant. Now, everyone wants a piece of her. The film is a comedy about one woman caught in the ultimate tug-of-war: a clash of wild, noisy, ridiculous people that rapidly dissolves into a media circus.

Cast: Laura Dern , Swoosie Kurtz , Kurtwood Smith , Mary Kay Place , Kelly Preston , M.C. Gainey , Kenneth Mars , David Graf

Director: Alexander Payne

Genres: Comedy

Distributor: Miramax Films

Citizen Ruth (1996)

Release Date: January 10th, 1997|1 hr. 44 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Along the way, this funny picture does exactly what a satire should: It irritates everybody. At least it runs that risk. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark 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] show more

  • 100
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    Dern is nothing short of brilliant here. show more

  • January 08, 2012 Milbourne
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    This was not a movie title one would get excited about. The second time it came on TV, I watched it, the third time I taped it and have seen it over and over. It is a movie that could confuse your mind if you started out a Baby Saver. Ruth was just a dopehead and was pregnant after already having several children. The judge there knew she had cost Omaha a lot of money in drug treatments and taking 2 of the kids and calmly suggested that she could \"see a doctor\" while in jail. Ruth made the news and money came pouring it from both Pro Life and Baby Savers. Kurtwood Smith did his greatest part in this movie, as did Mary Kay Place and \"Harlan\". The filming was great and each scene was completed before jumping into another. The film was not designed to set the viewer one way or another, and Alexander Payne was clever enough to keep it evenly balanced. Some called it a comedy because of a couple of funny scenes. I didn\'t see it that way.

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