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Citizen Ruth

1996

Citizen Ruth Poster
  • Some critics have praised writer-director Alexander Payne’s Citizen Ruth because it refuses to judge the title heroine (Laura Dern) the way that the jeering stereotypical right-to-lifers and pro-choice pundits competing to appropriate her do. But there’s no possibility of judging her because Payne has such a reduced notion of her character, a notion Dern fully adopts, that it makes any judgment superfluous.