100

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
Dern is nothing short of brilliant here.
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90

The New York Times

By Elvis Mitchell
A hilariously brazen comedy whose heroine is an improbable hoot.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
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.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Along the way, this funny picture does exactly what a satire should: It irritates everybody. At least it runs that risk.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
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]
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A satire with the reckless courage to take on both sides in the abortion debate.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Has its share of bitingly funny moments, and some of the comedy is quite inventive.
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50

TV Guide

The result is studded with brilliant moments and an eccentric cast.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
A screwball comedy about the abortion issue? First-time writer-director Alexander Payne gives it a college try.
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64 out of 100
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