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An unintelligent, drug-addicted, recently impregnated woman finds herself in the middle of an abortion debate when both parties attempt to sway her to their side.

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Citizen Ruth belongs to 32 collections
1. Passed the Bechdel Test (public: moderated by geohawk - 22 stars)
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May 12 fuzzylogic fuzzylogic
60 33%
May 07 Siegel Hans
70 60%
Apr 29 shanebarlow3
78 68%
Apr 28 afireinside
87 65%
Apr 24 Reigntall
50 20%
Apr 19 fictionfitz
76 70%
Apr 16 92filmgeek
73 87%
Mar 11 bbabayigit bbabayigit
90 54%
Mar 09 scottmcc scott.mcc
80 86%
Feb 10 davidjn
70 78%
Jan 30 Bown Bown
76 45%
Jan 30 Gnalkthere Gnalkthere
82 60%
Payne sparks his career in what can only be described as a grey area in mainstream cinema between Nora Ephron and Todd Solondz; safe enough to be accepted and risky enough to get people's heads turning. Dern4Lyf
Jan 29 francinex
80 63%
Jan 27 colorbuf colorbuf
80 73%
Dec 09, 2017 RavynLoony RavynLoony
62 63%
Nov 24, 2017 pacepanther
25 11%
Nov 18, 2017 morevna morevna.
67 24%
Oct 19, 2017 rakke
90 93%
Sep 07, 2017 Phelipe Phelipe
79 66%
Aug 18, 2017 EveAngel
40 6%
Jul 16, 2017 oguzkayir oguzkayir
90 87%
Jun 25, 2017 FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
87 87%
Jun 18, 2017 AHP
75 51%
Jun 17, 2017 Plaza
5 28%
Jun 17, 2017 Arlowe Arlowe_
60 38%
Jun 12, 2017 silentjake
80 77%
Jun 05, 2017 kharms
70 50%
May 16, 2017 cet1412
64 54%
May 01, 2017 Carlospro Carlospro
80 78%
i love laura dern
Apr 15, 2017 Velvetfinger
80 41%
Apr 03, 2017 pupahava pupahava
71 46%
Mar 26, 2017 lifeasadog lifeasadog
85 75%
Mar 16, 2017 Midaso
6 78%
Mar 11, 2017 annie annie
70 69%
Feb 24, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
68 71%
Jan 30, 2017 TheMarkle
90 95%
Jan 26, 2017 bitterbill bitterbill
80 76%
Jan 09, 2017 bybrt bybrt
75 72%
Dec 18, 2016 dwyer dwyer
62 17%
For all its effort to make Ruth a real character among real people in a real social struggle, it doesn't do very much to develop anyone else as more than a person serving a cause, so that what's really mild stereotyping comes across as full-blown, thoughtless stereotyping with no imagination. A film that begs its characters to get to know the person huffing that paint should make some effort to present those characters also as real people.
Nov 28, 2016 DizzyLizzy DizzyLizzy
70 33%
Nov 28, 2016 Maaxwell Maaxwell
65 47%
Nov 24, 2016 gummorabbit
20 4%
Nov 21, 2016 jerrywarton
66 58%
Nov 17, 2016 Ronin22
62 68%
Nov 10, 2016 doe
65 62%
Sep 29, 2016 themadelf66 themadelf66
67 30%
Sep 18, 2016 cankutozturk cankutozturk
74 36%
Sep 17, 2016 mls
45 6%
Sep 02, 2016 goodedward
74 83%
Aug 27, 2016 berlinator
50 11%
Aug 27, 2016 NickP
60 26%
Aug 03, 2016 matthewmj336 matthewmj336
87 54%
Jul 10, 2016 BadCosmonaut BadCosmonaut
4 39%
Jul 06, 2016 Shewrats
88 61%
Jul 04, 2016 Col_Needham
70 29%
Jun 30, 2016 GrimsChild GrimsChild
60 76%
Jun 05, 2016 shewbecca
90 67%
May 31, 2016 lucidquasar
60 18%
May 29, 2016 rklenseth rklenseth
90 91%
May 28, 2016 adrenaline adrenaline
80 86%
May 18, 2016 N/A
75 48%
May 01, 2016 M-B-M
5 54%
Apr 16, 2016 noahveil
86 52%
Apr 04, 2016 Galarth
60 54%
Mar 07, 2016 ramynoodle ramynoodle
50 33%
Feb 16, 2016 rootbeercirc
79 62%
Feb 11, 2016 Ildorio10
80 58%
Jan 07, 2016 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
34 51%
Jan 03, 2016 b0beauxs
7 28%
Oct 06, 2015 almengi
70 34%
Sep 27, 2015 SnoopyStyle
60 43%
Sep 15, 2015 Squin Squin
77 49%
Sep 11, 2015 Voodoo Voodoo
70 37%
Sep 07, 2015 Warren Warren
78 45%
Aug 23, 2015 thomas_d
91 51%
Aug 08, 2015 cayh
80 73%
Jul 19, 2015 davidsarkies
30 2%
Jun 18, 2015 damil
70 67%
It was really great. Laura Dern is awesome in this, and she's joined by a fun supporting cast. I also just love the message of this film, and the ending was particularly perfect. This one may not be quite as strong as Payne's future works, but it's really good in its own right.
May 18, 2015 zetes
50 10%
May 07, 2015 ErbyTux
25 65%
Apr 24, 2015 si-sak
40 12%
Apr 24, 2015 OldAle1
60 18%
Mar 11, 2015 TheDude774
80 39%
Mar 07, 2015 intergrace intergrace
92 23%
Feb 11, 2015 slowmo
85 77%
Feb 03, 2015 Niksterino
70 65%
Feb 02, 2015 denm
50 21%
Feb 01, 2015 kharms2
80 69%
Feb 01, 2015 JJJensen
78 38%
Jan 25, 2015 ArloJWiley
90 70%
Jan 17, 2015 SirTeaBag
6 18%
Jan 12, 2015 TraverseTown TraverseTown
90 91%
Dec 27, 2014 roger-ebert
30 53%
Dec 25, 2014 Zipster
85 68%
Citizen Ruth, the feature debut of definitive contemporary film wit Alexander Payne, is a satire with the reckless courage to take on both sides in the abortion debate. There are no positive characters in the film, certainly not Ruth, whose preferred state is oblivion, and who perks up only when both sides start making cash offers. Whereas almost every film has a market in mind, here is a movie with a little something to offend anyone who has a strong opinion on abortion.
Nov 27, 2014 blucthulhu
80 78%
Nov 27, 2014 10kfilms
63 58%
Sep 23, 2014 sebby sebby
60 37%
Sep 05, 2014 SickForay SickForay
68 52%
Sep 01, 2014 burksta LB94
77 49%
Aug 29, 2014 harlingtoxad
70 43%
Aug 28, 2014 AsherFord
50 70%
Aug 03, 2014 strangelime
85 63%
Jun 18, 2014 drawingboard drawingboard
70 44%
Jun 11, 2014 Rotten Users
74 56%
May 22, 2014 Lionel Hutz
89 89%
Apr 20, 2014 ru5tyb1ke5
8 38%
Mar 21, 2014 Chayeh Hipsteresque
70 32%
Mar 02, 2014 PekkaVaino
62 39%
Feb 13, 2014 robixsmash
60 29%
Feb 13, 2014 stuie299 stuie299
65 26%
Interesting idea for a movie, but ultimately it fails to make good use of its screen time. Its basically just a too close to real life portrayal of both anti abortionists and pro choice groups. Its not much of a comedy either. The only funny part was the ending, but by that time it just felt like a total cop out given what the audience just sat through. That said Laura Dern was good.
Jan 08, 2014 Thunderdolt
85 59%
Dec 28, 2013 FarCryss Suture Self
3 25%
I don't like movies like this because they don't have the balls to take any sort of side. They just skewer caricatures of each viewpoint and pass it off as comedy. Laura Dern is hilarious and fantastic, but this film is mostly cowardly and has little to say.
Dec 09, 2013 MikiRurkSTG MikiRurk_STG
67 58%
Dec 03, 2013 jos21
65 46%
Nov 25, 2013 batui
55 22%
Oct 05, 2013 DerGolgo
71 48%
Oct 02, 2013 glm01
74 44%
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Oct 01, 2013 twhitcomb91 twhitcomb91
81 33%
Sep 30, 2013 caprimode
80 63%
Sep 17, 2013 berlach
86 40%
Aug 16, 2013 monoglot
60 49%
Aug 16, 2013 stonie
70 61%
Jul 23, 2013 DrGoatman DrGoatman
73 67%
Jun 27, 2013 mallamp
70 47%
Jun 17, 2013 spamhead80 spamhead80
85 78%
May 10, 2013 El_Guapo El Guapo
65 66%
May 03, 2013 Whyte Nite
70 46%
Apr 07, 2013 lotr23 lotr23
80 83%
Mar 01, 2013 gwynplaine gwynplaine
85 70%
Feb 20, 2013 Ronin21
70 34%
Feb 18, 2013 jksterup jksterup
85 56%
Jan 31, 2013 finney28
50 29%
Jan 20, 2013 Glebaster
56 26%
Jan 06, 2013 codpiece
85 82%
Jan 02, 2013 penguinfreud penguinfreud
70 74%
Dec 11, 2012 deathsstroke deathsstroke
75 41%
Oct 28, 2012 Vmfs
9 78%
Sep 21, 2012 octanoid77 octanoid77
100 68%
Sep 09, 2012 wetwillies wetwillies
90 74%
I really loved this film. It's very funny and Laura Dern is brilliant in it. Plus, the ending is simply gorgeous, tying up the film and its meaning nicely.
Sep 08, 2012 lyrradsemaj lyrradsemaj
58 23%
Aug 08, 2012 DallasSD
80 58%
Aug 07, 2012 sepora
78 57%
Aug 05, 2012 caffe
63 29%
Jun 19, 2012 soothsayer
42 27%
Jun 16, 2012 bhoyo
39 4%
May 23, 2012 sellis
67 37%
May 21, 2012 nrm5
74 86%
May 06, 2012 nrm4
78 86%
Apr 14, 2012 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
63 71%
Apr 12, 2012 Gordon_Cole Gordon Cole
85 80%
Mar 31, 2012 Meowfresh Meowfresh
7 52%
Mar 29, 2012 Gopherguy
71 42%
Mar 23, 2012 DancingP
72 61%
Mar 17, 2012 grodrig1
85 63%
Mar 12, 2012 jrisgod jrisgod
50 13%
Mar 05, 2012 ozonepaul
79 26%
Mar 04, 2012 BartonFink
6 52%
Feb 22, 2012 dsjoerdsma
65 31%
Feb 03, 2012 pzingg
90 69%
Jan 29, 2012 felipelahm felipelahm
74 76%
Working with such an original script, Payne finds just the right tone -- one doesn't take anything too seriously, neither baby savers nor pro-choice members -- to build an intense, awkwardly moving and funny dramedy about this sick woman and her thoughts on having an abortion. Laura is scandalously good.
Jan 27, 2012 KTP KTP
90 90%
Jan 19, 2012 kastenm kastenm
68 49%
Jan 02, 2012 soybomb42
97 99%
Dec 21, 2011 myfavchords
68 22%
Laura Dern gives a fantastic performance in this film. Unfortunately the story drags on after awhile.
Dec 17, 2011 schizotoast schizotoast
70 54%
Nov 23, 2011 winds winds
5 51%
Nov 15, 2011 freeipods freeipods
45 25%
Sep 05, 2011 aaronwhat aaronwhat
60 27%
Aug 28, 2011 pomattovich
77 50%
Aug 27, 2011 OfTheAllies OfTheAllies
75 73%
Aug 21, 2011 avb avb
83 51%
Aug 18, 2011 sjostrand sjostrand
60 71%
Aug 05, 2011 schnofel schnofel
74 81%
Aug 01, 2011 Meta_Critic Meta Critic
64 62%
Jul 23, 2011 Neatly
51 10%
Jul 12, 2011 Henrik Henrik
65 45%
Jul 07, 2011 Coheed
40 17%
A disappointment. It is a film both about the abortion issue and how individuals are caught between political groups, and yet it doesn't grasp at anything profound, no matter how small, or any jokes outside of bad wigs and shallow stereotypes. The only aspect which succeeds, and shows what this film could have been, is Ruth (Laura Dern) who for all her dubious qualities can be sympathised with as a bored, naive individual with nothing to live for outside of solvent sniffing.
Jun 25, 2011 Evolution Evolution
70 37%
Jun 19, 2011 mark83
7 72%
Jun 15, 2011 tummidge
70 29%
Jun 09, 2011 Hkit Hkit
88 55%
May 19, 2011 PolsVoice Pols_Voice
70 18%
May 19, 2011 catfingers catfingers
67 52%
May 14, 2011 jonnykungfu
55 27%
Apr 30, 2011 NRM01
67 77%
Apr 06, 2011 von_krogh von krogh
72 46%
Mar 29, 2011 Dorkovsky Dorkovsky
8 91%
Mar 27, 2011 CCLZA CCLZA
70 53%
Mar 20, 2011 NRM02
96 99%
Jan 13, 2011 glm
70 44%
69.750
Jan 08, 2011 timcain
50 53%
Dec 26, 2010 Zeno
75 60%
Dec 11, 2010 RottenApples RottenApples
79 58%
Nov 09, 2010 pvelentz
80 48%
Nov 01, 2010 Jerky Jerky
45 36%
Nov 01, 2010 ari
64 55%
Aug 29, 2010 cwratliff
89 45%
Aug 14, 2010 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
68 42%
Jun 21, 2010 Janne
75 73%
Jun 09, 2010 CinematicESP CinematicESP
89 79%
Probably Laura Dern's finest performance. A simple lampooning of a controversial issue that brings the laughs. The best part is when one of the pro-choice activists chases after Dern with coffee cup planted firmly in hand.
Apr 13, 2010 mitchelly mitchelly
84 42%
Apr 03, 2010 vsls vsls
70 62%
Mar 29, 2010 butthorn
26 22%
Mar 07, 2010 billkerwin billkerwin
85 66%
Hilarious, cynical movie in which Dern plays a pregnant paintspray-huffing pinhead who becomes the rope in a tug-of-war between the pro-choicers and pro-lifers.
Feb 24, 2010 jeffv jeff_v
76 83%
Feb 16, 2010 toro913
68 70%
Feb 10, 2010 Fetsch
72 64%
Feb 02, 2010 heapshake heapshake
90 94%
Feb 02, 2010 kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
70 77%
Jan 29, 2010 Pingy
98 92%
Jan 20, 2010 kneudorf kneudorf
75 84%
Dec 26, 2009 luthar15
0 10%
i know these kind of stuff is an issue in some places,it's good that it didn't solve anything or take sides because the matter is that way, but pardon me it didn't suite me at all.
Dec 08, 2009 dfernandes dfernandes
76 61%
Nov 24, 2009 what no way
75 43%
Sep 13, 2009 Scottathon Scottathon
94 98%
Sep 13, 2009 Ray Bergen
83 60%
Sep 09, 2009 negative
2 %
Aug 20, 2009 lange17
75 68%
Aug 14, 2009 Crazy_Jack Crazy Jack
70 50%
Aug 13, 2009 filmcricket
68 69%
Aug 01, 2009 Canguro Canguro
84 90%
Jul 27, 2009 Tizzy Tizzy
70 58%
Jul 23, 2009 besharah
77 51%
Jun 21, 2009 oaic
90 64%
Jun 21, 2009 salty_dog salty dog
76 72%
Jun 09, 2009 shibbyo shibbyo
5 82%
Jun 09, 2009 rude
80 51%
No character in the movie is even remotely likable, which makes watching "Citizen Ruth" a real joy.
May 30, 2009 landsome landsome
80 73%
May 20, 2009 Veterini Veterini
82 79%
May 07, 2009 Johnny_Case Johnny Case
62 42%
Apr 18, 2009 astrakhan astrakhan
72 25%
Apr 12, 2009 Sam Lowry
2 27%
Apr 12, 2009 imdb imdb
68 93%
Mar 27, 2009 Margaux
80 48%
Mar 13, 2009 Travisbickle Travisbickle
80 41%
Mar 13, 2009 Tikaz
93 86%
Mar 07, 2009 filmaffinity filmaffinity
66 65%
Feb 13, 2009 Nandiva
85 60%
Feb 09, 2009 cblur21
75 75%
Feb 06, 2009 ldpfilm ldpfilm
77 57%
Jan 12, 2009 ddyment
75 65%
Jan 01, 2009 TJ Ximenez
90 62%
Dec 20, 2008 madiso madiso
60 52%
Dec 19, 2008 lynchian
70 53%
Dec 17, 2008 Mike DAngelo
92 98%
Dec 10, 2008 KMcNeil KMcNeil
6 57%
Dec 09, 2008 jbissell jbissell
80 59%
Nov 13, 2008 drillakiller
70 64%
Oct 23, 2008 sengir sengir
79 46%
Oct 22, 2008 sid sid
80 77%
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