For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.

Ratings & Reviews

  1. Rocco's rating of the film Citizen Ruth

    Despite the subject matter, a light and frothy trash satire (sort of like a cool, refreshing Budweiser beer) with a plum performance by the underrated Laura Dern. It's a tad long but it consistently pleases and the ending is perfection through simplicity itself.

  2. nejurgi's rating of the film Citizen Ruth

  3. Addy K.'s rating of the film Citizen Ruth

    It's impressive to watch Laura Dern play a white-trash nincompoop with the kind of ferocity and venal enterprise rarely seen on screen. Her pregnant drug addict's greatest ambition is sniffing paint and to "do what I want". Alexander Payne, who lost his edge after ELECTION, is unforgiving here as he gleefully explores the crushing absurdity of life. There's incredible irony in the closing shot: nobody actually cares.

  4. Elephants_Gerald's rating of the film Citizen Ruth

    In spite of any flaws, my mind keeps thinking back to that flawless ending. It completely validates the cartoonish depictions of both sides of the abortion debate – though in its broad stroke satire, Citizen Ruth hits upon essential truths. Make no mistake: Alexander Payne's biggest point is the propensity of people to exploit others as they fight their ideological battles – regardless of whose side it is.

  5. A47's rating of the film Citizen Ruth

    Among the greatest of the American movies.

  6. Christopher McQuain's rating of the film Citizen Ruth

    I've given up on all Alexander Payne post-SIDEWAYS, and even up to then, it's a downward slope from this, still his best film by far - just as funny as any of the others, but the only one with real, earned meaning and compassion, before he got too cool/cynical to be seen caring about anything. Very well done by all involved (esp. Dern, but the filmmaking is very smart), and quite moving, ultimately.

  7. CarlosEsquives's rating of the film Citizen Ruth

    Un testimonio sobre el oportunismo religioso, político como social. Un grupo de fanáticos intentará replantear la vida de una mujer. Alexander Payne se inaugura con un filme sutil que perfilándose a la dialéctica de "nadie sabe para quien trabaja". Genial Laura Dern y otros actores que caricaturizan (y satirizan) sin caer en la exageración.

  8. Jeremy Ashlyn's rating of the film Citizen Ruth

  9. Algitya's rating of the film Citizen Ruth

    nice conclusion on nice issue. :)

  10. T. J. Harman's rating of the film Citizen Ruth

    Payne peaked with his first film. Dern is amazing in this even handed satire.

  11. Bijoux Alexanderplatz's rating of the film Citizen Ruth

    As a formerly pregnant person, I can say that if you're not jumping up and down every day screaming, "Yeah, babies!!" people will tell you what to do, how to do it, and why. This movie was fantastic.

  12. Anna's rating of the film Citizen Ruth

    "SUCK THE SHIT OUT OF MY ASS, YOU FUCKER!" Laura Dern is amazing.

  13. Maja_wu's rating of the film Citizen Ruth

    Great ending + Laura Dern is truly brilliant !!

  14. film_lies101's rating of the film Citizen Ruth

    Why the fuck hasn't Laura Dern won an Oscar yet!

  15. Øyvind Rype's rating of the film Citizen Ruth

    A young, heavydrinking, drugdoing woman played by Laura Dern gets impregnated for the fourth time but the state demands her to have an abortion. She gets out on bail and from there she is used as throwing ball between the contrasting pro-camps. Another fine satire from Payne with an ending that summarises the film very well. No one cares about the individual, it's all for the bigger picture. Solid four stars.

  16. eharadon's rating of the film Citizen Ruth

    Love this so much. Like eating candy - brilliant writing by this screenwriting duo.