The Good Nurse

Suspicious that her colleague is responsible for a series of mysterious patient deaths, a nurse risks her own life to uncover the truth in this gripping thriller based on true events.

  • Released: 2022-10-19
  • Runtime: 121 minutes
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
  • Stars: Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Noah Emmerich, Nnamdi Asomugha, Kim Dickens, Devyn McDowell, Ajay Naidu, Maria Dizzia, Malik Yoba, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Gina Jun, Brooke Stacy Mills, Anjelica Bosboom, Rebecca Watson, Maurice J. Irvin, Victor Cruz, Jennifer Regan, Andrew James Bleidner, Shaun O'Hagan
  • Director: Tobias Lindholm
  • brockfal - 13 January 2023
    Gripping and powerful
    Events in the US hospital system lead to suspicions that a medical professional is killing patients deliberately.

    I went into this movie without preconceptions, and without realising it tells a true story. It does it powerfully and often grippingly. The strength here are central performances by Eddie Redmayne and Jennifer Chastermaine , who are quite simply amazing, and pretty much every other performance is good too. The story is told coherently and seriously, has the ring of authenticity about it, and I suppose it might be taken as an indictment of cynically run private healthcare systems in the US as well as a tragic sobering and sometimes frightening tale about how easily things, and individuals, can go wrong. Well written and directed, I highly recommend this film.
  • Vanessydelg - 10 January 2023
    The good actor.
    I have not much to say about the movie. It's a proper movie based on a true story of yet another serial killer who took advantage of his work as a nurse to perform his nefarious deeds. Jessica Chastain never disappoints, and she manages to sound and look absolutely credible moving only one muscle of her face.

    But the real reason why I'm writing this review is because Eddie Redmayne has shocked me once again. I cannot believe this man. Even with a straight face and not saying a word, playing the serial killer in the story, he throws those looks that freezes one's soul without exception, at the same time melting you with love and tenderness. Imagine meeting a serial killer who is so sweet but also so odd and dangerous as Eddie in this movie. Eddie's characterization of Charlie Cullen makes the viewer question themselves for the unavoidable sympathy he produces. If serial killers are manipulative, Redmayne as an actor impersonating a serial killer manipulates his whole audience.

    In all honesty, I've never seen an actor achieve so much but just staring and not saying a word or looking so real while screaming nonsense.

    I think Mr Redmayne is one true gem in the acting world.

    Certainly looking forward for his next movie. He is tantalizing to say the least. I'm so glad I don't know him personally. With just one look of those he would own my accounts and everything I have.
  • tm-sheehan - 8 January 2023
    Top performances- Chilling true story
    My Review- The Good Nurse My Rating 8/10 Streaming on Netflix

    Eddie Redmayne gives another sensational performance as Charlie Cullen in this chilling true story of a critical care hospital nurse who appears to be a caring and very capable well qualified nurse with many glowing references from the many hospitals he's previously been employed with .

    However eventually Cullen is implicated in the deaths of hundreds of hospital patients.

    The most disturbing aspect of this story I found was not so much the deliberate termination of the unsuspecting victims by this benign even pleasant character but the delayed reporting of deaths and the negligence of the various hospital executives obviously trying to avoid litigation by the bereft families .

    We have seen similar negligence of sexual abuse and blatant protection of criminals by religious organisations who just move offenders on to keep committing their evil crimes .

    Also the large Pharmaceutical companies that cover up and deny culpability when their products cause grievous bodily harm .

    I thought surety we can trust our hospitals if we are so sick and need care ?

    Or can we ?

    Charles Edward Cullen is now 62 years old and currently serving 11 consecutive life sentences in New Jersey State Prison with a release date of 2403.

    The question remains: How could Cullen have worked at 10 different hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, over a period of 16 years - despite the fact that at seven of those hospitals, he was under investigation, fired or forced to resign?

    Apparently, not one of those institutions gave Cullen a bad reference, or told other hospitals he was trouble. It amounted to a policy of "See no evil-speak no evil" - one that gave Cullen, in effect, a license to kill.

    The various hospitals involved eventually settled law suits with the victims families but not one executive on the board of any hospital was charged with negligence?

    Last years Oscar winner Jessica Chastaine co stars with Eddie Redmayne cast as Amy Loughrin a fatigued and very unwell nurse and single mother who welcomes Charlie Cullen to assist her endless duties At first she is impressed with his professionalism and they strike up a friendship which lasts until she becomes suspicious when Detectives share information with her in the hope she may be able to assist in their investigations.

    I always look for a scene in a film that speaks to me of a possible Oscar nomination and there is one in The Good Nurse when Eddie Redmayne as Charlie is confronted by Amy and let's out a torrent of emotion that's so believable and convincing.

    The screenplay by Krysty Wilson-Cairns who wrote Last Night in Soho as well as 1917 for Sam Mendes is impressive and is based on a book by Edgar Wright.

    Danish Director Tobias Lindholm has skilfully steered the story to its ultimate conclusion with well developed characters including Kim Dickens as Linda Garran who is on the board of the hospital as Risk Manager . It's just a pity she didn't consider the patients risk instead of the risk to the hospital.

    Like many movies today this film was released in select cinemas for one week then went straight to streaming on Netflix.
  • billcr12 - 7 January 2023
    Great Cast
    While reading the book back in 2017, I felt that it read like a movie script. Charles Graeber had obvious intentions for a film adaptation.

    Eddie Redmayne is perfectly cast as Charles Cullen, the nurse who used saline and digoxin to off quite a few hospital patients. The final total will never be known.

    Jessica Chastain is also well suited for the role of Amy, a fellow nurse who befriended the quirky young man. The majority of the movie centers around the relationship between the two of them and the chemistry is there.

    I was disappointed in some of the changes from the book and none of the frequent dark humor utilized by Graeber ever made it to the screen.

    The Good Nurse is, in spite of my complaints, one of the better movies of 2022.
  • UniqueParticle - 7 January 2023
    Very well directed and incredible acting worthy of nominations!
    Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne are electrifying; I must say I don't like Eddie much but in this he's worth watching! Other reviewers had better descriptions so I'll say as much as I can in my way it is about amazing doctors that under investigation of unfortunate events. The Good Nurse is great just a little slow that's why it might not be praised more. Amy's character doesn't have health insurance and is at risk of stroke that goes through 4 months under pressure; meanwhile Charlie Cullen is a godsend that helps tremendously throughout. Crisp smoothly written drama that has a very engaging story, I don't really understand why so much important info was withheld and at times the movie is slow otherwise highly recommend glad it's nominated.
  • davebuttomer - 5 January 2023
    One major flaw
    Well, kudos to Net Flix for starting to understand the importance of actually providing the paying masses with a decent original film. I know why I had previously cancelled my subscription, however for now, glad to be back! Also, There are zero spoilers in this review.

    The lead actors in this film are so very talented, and you can honestly feel a bond between them, from a friendship perspective. I thought the entire cast did a great job to be honest. Seriously great acting chops brought to the table. I thought the pace of the film was also pretty consistent and kept your attention. Definitely worth a watch.

    The one and only flaw I found with this film? There is a diner scene where two burgers are ordered. Neither individual requests how they would like their burger cooked, nor does the waitress even ask: now that is completely terrifying. Maybe Net Flix can make a follow up movie callled "The Bad Waitress".

    I would watch. Anyway, 7/10.
  • brentsbulletinboard - 4 January 2023
    Good, Solid Filmmaking
    Telling a good true crime drama requires one or all of the following: a suspenseful presentation, especially if the outcome is predictable or established in the public record; compelling performances, particularly those that bring a human dimension to the story; and a clearly defined accounting of the motivations and/or back story underlying the narrative. When it comes to this fact-based tale about a serial killer nurse posing as a wolf in sheep's clothing, director Tobias Lindholm manages to get two out of three right, and the one on which he's unable to come through - motivation and back story - is not entirely his fault due to the facts of the case. However, on the other fronts, the picture succeeds solidly in chronicling an investigation conducted by one of the perpetrator's professional colleagues and a pair of intrepid detectives, all of whom are stonewalled at almost every turn. The creepy atmosphere created here, backed by a fine ensemble cast led by Jessica Chastain, Noah Emmerich, Nnamdi Asomugha, Kim Dickens and Golden Globe Award nominee Eddie Redmayne, combine to make for a generally compelling watch, despite the ever-lingering question of "Why?" hanging over the narrative. "The Good Nurse" may not be groundbreaking cinema, but it's certainly an engaging watch from start to finish, one of the best offerings in this genre to come along in quite some time.
  • jonathanskarda - 3 January 2023
    A 10/10 that loses 3 points because of a poorly hidden agenda
    A major message if this film is that many hospital administrators care more about money than about people, even if it means breaking the law. If that is true of the hospital administrators depicted in this movie, then this movie does a despicably poor job of portraying that. It makes no effort to explore the reasons why admins would be pressured to compromise patient care.

    I could believe that hospital administrators sometimes exercise poor judgement when faced with impossible moral dilemmas. Instead they are depicted as pure evil. Frankly, that's hard to believe, especially when that accusation is being simultaneously leveled against 10+ independent hospitals.

    It is also implied that law enforcement in the jurisdictions of each hospital ignored evidence of criminal wrongdoing and that more people should have been prosecuted.

    This movie is superbly acted. It is well done in many other ways. However, it is undermined by an inability to fairly consider the merits of the other side of the argument. Consequently, the film destroys the credibility of its primary message.
  • kamalbeeee - 2 January 2023
    Good biography movie..!
    A gents nurse serial killer kills his patient in several hospital and finally caught by the police by help of one of the lady nurse... Police and lad nurse takes lot of steps to turn himself.. But they failed lot of actions and finally he agreed to that lady nurse and get caught into the police and got 1800 years sentence... But he refused to reveal the reason for killed those patients... Must watch investigation thriller..!!

    A gents nurse serial killer kills his patient in several hospital and finally caught by the police by help of one of the lady nurse... Police and lad nurse takes lot of steps to turn himself.. But they failed lot of actions and finally he agreed to that lady nurse and get caught into the police and got 1800 years sentence... But he refused to reveal the reason for killed those patients... Must watch investigation thriller..!!
  • danielcereto - 1 January 2023
    The movie is based on a real story what it makes themovie more intriguing and interesting since the beginning till the end.

    First, acting here is solid. Not Oscar's winning but enough interesting to keep on your seat asking for the reasons why a person can do so many wrong things.

    Second, I think the script is quite good even not perfect. I think it could have been more precise on the facts. Looks like they wanted to do it in a soft way.

    Last, I think the male main character is the best here. His interpretation stole the show. My favorite part is at the police station. What an amazing performance there.

    So, overall an intriguing thriller, based on a predictable story, but enjoyable, and well done.
  • eMpraH - 31 December 2022
    Good acting, slow movie
    The Good Nurse definitely is one of the better Netflix Movies. It is very minimalistic, most of the time it is just the two main characters in a hospital, but Eddie Redmayne and Jessice Chastain make the most out of it and really carry the movie with their acting. Eddie Redmayne seems to be made for this role. The cast generally was very well picked, every single character just fits with their actor.

    The tone is serious and unsettling from beginning to end.

    The only real issue is the pacing, the movie is really slow for the first two thirds and too fast toward the end. The slow parts are not just slow but also repetitive, all that time could have been spent on the unraveling at the end instead. The transition from "everyday work" to "suspicion" and finally "apprehension" went way to quickly and only because we had to spend way too much time on "everyday work".

    But, overall it was enjoyable, far from perfect but still enjoyable enough to watch it once.
  • stevejones-9 - 30 December 2022
    Superbly acted true story
    There are no bells and whistles here in the cinematography department. It's subtle, but effective, focusing on the characters, letting the actors come through. The final scene between the two main characters was understated beauty. The story itself if thought-provoking, disturbing and indeed worthy of a movie. The pacing and editing are both superb. There's nothing really there that I would add or remove; everything moves the story along. I'd recently reached the conclusion that no decent films are being made anymore. While that may be generally true, The Good Nurse is definitely a most welcome exception. I highly recommend.
  • doubletroublejjetc - 29 December 2022
    Quietly terrifying.
    What I enjoyed about this was how, similar to the nurse Amy Loughran who worked with Charles Cullen, we as viewers of the film also at first see him as an excellent nurse: compassionate, attentive, and experienced.

    So it's not difficult to relate to Amy's growing sense of confusion and alarm when patients of Charlie's keep dying... one after the next. He also begins to reveal himself to be someone who needs more sympathy and attention than most people, but this is subtle enough that we aren't hit over the head with it.

    At one point it even looks as if Amy herself is in danger of being given a fatal dose by Charlie, but I think that this is either exaggerated or not true at all, since he is only known to have killed patients.

    That extra main-character-in-peril aspect did not really need to be added, because the truth is already outrageous enough without it. And seeing Charlie tell lie upon lie makes it entirely clear how much of a threat he could have been to Amy and her children.
  • therealjaysmoke - 29 December 2022
    The snitch nurse is more like it
    Man, I was really rooting for Charlie. I mean he came off as a really great guy, offering to keep a secret for a strange nurse so that she can keep her job. Even revealing secrets to things that could get him fired all to help her and this ungrateful nurse turns around to snitch on him? I mean there's no proof whatsoever that he did anything, so why would she turn around on him so quickly after all the help he offered you?

    Watching this, I saw someone who needed help, who wasn't right in his mind, who prolly didn't even think what he was doing was wrong and clearly he wasn't any threat to Amy so why treat him like he was this dangerous criminal? And then you use this same goodness to get him to confess . WOW fear women. Frankly I felt sorry for him and hated the nurse rather.

    A plot twist would have been that someone else entirely was behind those deaths. That would have been wild.

    Great movie, great acting.