The Good Nurse movie review - Aussieboyreviews


The two words to best-describe this fantastic true-crime drama on Netflix are “slow” but also “solid”. The Good Nurse features excellent performances from Chastain and Redmayne, and it’s brilliantly put together.


When the police become suspicious that the unexpected deaths of numerous patients at the Parkfield Memorial Hospital may be linked to nurse Charlie Cullen, good-hearted colleague nurse Amy Loughren, who developed a friendship while worthing with Cullen, is forced to risk her life to uncover the truth.

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Movie details

Director: Tobias Lindholm
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Nnamdi Asomugha, Noah Emmerich, Maria Dizzia
Writer: Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Release Date (Australia): 20 October 2022
Runtime: 121 minutes/2h 1m
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

Thematic content includes a nurse intentionally overdoses and kills multiple patients in hospitals. The film also includes depictions of patients’ corpses.

Violence (G)

Characters have outbursts and smack tables in frustration.

Coarse Language (M)

The film features use of the word “f**k” throughout, as well as use of mild coarse language such as “s**t”, “crap” and “hell”.

Nudity (M)

The film contains a lengthy scene in which the breast of an elderly woman’s corpse are viewed as her body is cleaned.

mpaa rating

R (for language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

All the work behind the scenes are brilliant; the film is excellently-written as a slow-burning true-crime drama, the acting is first-class and the director’s job behind the camera really sends off the dark, grim tone it aims for. With so many bad movies approaching to Netflix and other streaming services, The Good Nurse is proof that not every film that comes to Netflix, whether it’s drama, comedy or crime, is pointless trash.

The Good Nurse stars Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne, and is based on shocking real events as it portrays the story of a good-hearted nurse who befriends one of her co-workers who turns out to be a serial killer named Charlie Cullen. This movie is very slow-paced, which is likely to make it extremely boring for some viewers, but others will be compelled and even entertained by the fact that the film is always moving somewhere; the plot is always developing and it begins with good time to set up what’s going on.

Chastain and Redmayne are so convincing and riveting in their roles, that they truly deserve their own paragraph of discussion. But despite their excellent performances, director Tobias Lindholm is responsible for creating a very dark ambience on top of their acting and the film shows that he knows how to make a drama so engagingly suspenseful that builds very eerily. There’s also a great score that accompanies scenes that don’t require dialogue and the tone captures the perfect grim effect that this movie needs. If you can handle slow-burn that pays off in the end, you should definitely give The Good Nurse a chance. It’s worthy of your time and attention.

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