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Based on 18 Reviews
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

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A satire with the reckless courage to take on both sides in the abortion debate. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt 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. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Has its share of bitingly funny moments, and some of the comedy is quite inventive. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A screwball comedy about the abortion issue? First-time writer-director Alexander Payne gives it a college try. show more

  • 50
    TV Guide

    The result is studded with brilliant moments and an eccentric cast. show more

  • 83
    Owen Gleiberman 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. show more

  • 90
    Elvis Mitchell The New York Times

    A hilariously brazen comedy whose heroine is an improbable hoot. 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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