The Good Nurse


Biography / Crime / Drama / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 77%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 83%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 375

Plot summary

October 26, 2022 at 12:02 PM


Tobias Lindholm

Top cast

Jessica Chastain as Amy Loughren
Eddie Redmayne as Charlie Cullen
Kim Dickens as Linda Garran
Noah Emmerich as Tim Braun
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1.11 GB
English 2.0
24 fps
2 hr 3 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by screens_reignsw 7 / 10

An intense story that misses the mark

Eddy and Jessica are both phenomenal, but the story and directing lack the triumph this film could have been.

This movie could have been epic, sticking to the values of the 'good nurse' who was at the premiere. The issue was the film is set on a grey dreary day and you just want to see daylight or a light on. It does set the tone, but it makes the movie very very slow and boring.

If this film didn't have the acting talent it had, it would have been a total flop. However, the acting is award worthy and should not be downplayed.

Overall the film is good, but it lacks some serious dynamics and feels very much like a Netflix movie.

Reviewed by ferguson-6 6 / 10

enabling evil

Greetings again from the darkness. A film focusing on a single mom who works as a dedicated and caring and overworked ICU nurse, and who is diagnosed with a heart condition requiring a transplant, and who is trying to hang on to her job long enough to secure medical insurance, and who is a loving mom to her two young kids, would normally have enough drama and stress to carry the story. But that's not nearly enough for filmmaker Tobias Lindholm, who has written three outstanding screenplays: THE HUNT (2012), A WAR (2017), and ANOTHER ROUND 2020). Here he's directing a Krysty Wilson-Cairns (LAST NIGHT IN SOHO, 2021) adaptation of Charles Graeber's book about the man who may very well be the most prolific serial killer in history.

Jessica Chastain plays nurse Amy Laughren, who is faced with numerous challenges both at work and at home. Despite needing a heart transplant, she keeps this secret from her employer so that she can work the last few months need to gain health insurance through the New Jersey hospital where she works. Strained beyond reasonableness, she sees hope when a new nurse is hired. Charlie Cullen (Eddie Redmayne) discovers her secret and offers to help her - not just with her patient workload, but also with her parenting responsibilities. Charlie is a Godsend for Amy.

Too soon, doubts begin to show. One of Amy's patients dies unexpectedly, and the hospital administrator (Kim Dickens) calls the police, in what is a defensive move to protect the hospital's business rather than uncover the truth. The detectives played by Noah Emmerich and (former NFL star) Nnamdi Asomugha feel handcuffed in their investigation as the hospital blocks their efforts at every turn. Their suspicion focuses on Charlie and his strange work history of being dismissed by 9 previous hospitals.

The obvious evil here is a medical professional who kills patients, but the enabler of this evil is a hospital system that values reputation and finances over the morally correct decisions. Both are frightening and both are dangerous. Cullen killed at least 29 people, and is suspected of killing upwards of 400. Lindholm sticks to a drab palette to match the grim subject matter, and both Ms. Chastain and Mr. Redmayne take low key approaches to two characters ... one heroic and one truly dangerous.

Streaming on Netflix beginning October 26, 2022.

Reviewed by segaltoons 10 / 10

One of the Best Films of the Year

Dark and foreboding, this film starts slowly and builds eerily and suspensefully.. Don't let the darkness and the brutally realistic portrayals of medical procedures scare you away from one of the best films of the year. The performances by the two leads Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne are intensely believable. Also worth mentioning are Noah Emmerich and Malik Yoba as the two detectives assigned to the case, they seem very real and unlike typical movie detectives. There are no car chases and no last minute capures. Just frustratingly slow and with infuriating bureaucracy. But it's clear that there is evil sometimes where you don't expect it.

I saw The Good Nurse at the Mill Valley Film Festival with very little knowledge of it, and that's how I recommend approaching it. Before writing this review I watched the trailer and I feel they give away too much. In his first English language film, Danish filmmaker Tobias Lindholm has directed a truly believable story based on real people and real events. Some of the people involved were consulted as part of the making of the film. Be patient with this film and you will be rewarded.

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DarkSparks October 26, 2022 at 01:03 pm

Looks like another woke netflix agenda tr@sh piece

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doofie October 26, 2022 at 12:29 pm

charlie cullen is the new annie wilkes

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CrownOfGold October 26, 2022 at 12:10 pm

This a great film. Little bit of a slow burn, but a slow burn that was far well worth it. Especially considering that it was based upon a true story. Eddie Redmayne gives an amazing performance as the creepy Charlie Cullen. And as always, Jessica Chastain, well .. need I say more? The gal can ACT! Netflix is really steppin' up the game in movies this year, and can't wait to see what the future holds. As I've stated, it's kind of a slow burn .. but it is an amazing film overall and definitely something you'd want to check out.