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Erin Brockovich (2000)



Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 142
Fresh: 119 | Rotten: 23

Taking full advantage of Julia Roberts's considerable talent and appeal, Erin Brockovich overcomes a few character and plot issues to deliver a smart, thoughtful, and funny legal drama.


Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 4

Taking full advantage of Julia Roberts's considerable talent and appeal, Erin Brockovich overcomes a few character and plot issues to deliver a smart, thoughtful, and funny legal drama.



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Julia Roberts stars in this legal drama based on the true story of a woman who helped win the largest settlement ever paid in a direct-action lawsuit. Erin Brockovich (Roberts) is a single mother of three who, after losing a personal injury lawsuit, asks her lawyer, Ed Masry (Albert Finney), if he can help her find a job. Ed gives her work as a file clerk in his office, and she runs across some information on a little-known case filed against Pacific Gas and Electric. Erin begins digging into


Drama, Comedy

Susannah Grant

Aug 15, 2000

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All Critics (166) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (119) | Rotten (23) | DVD (23)

Roberts shines.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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An exhilarating tale.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Variety
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The film lacks focus and energy, the character development is facile and thin, and what about those necklines?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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There's really no reason this kind of conventional David-and-Goliath tale (based on a true story) should make for such a compelling motion picture, but Soderbergh and Grant smartly mix plenty of humor and unflagging inspiration into the drama.

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

smartly directed, with Soderbergh perfecting his style but not overdoing it

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

establishes Roberts as a modern Kate Hepburn-one with inner strength and charm and sincerity

May 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

Julia Roberts winner. R mostly for language.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Julia Roberts has never been more fragile or stunning. And by oncerning itself with truthful consequences of its characters' self-sacrifices, the film succeeds as a drama as much about the passion of personal investment as the pursuit of justice.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source:

In this Oscar-winning fairytale, combining traits of Norma Rae and Karen Silkwood, Julia Roberts is at her most winning and sexiest as the lone-figher against the system; that it's inspired by an actual case makes it more fun to watch.

February 21, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

An example of Hollywood entertainment done with finesse and compassion, the way it always should be but so often isn't.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source:

It would have seemed impossible to me that a writer could take such a worn-out premise and make it enthralling, but this guy has done it.

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

It's hard to imagine another actress pulling this off without appearing sleazy.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

With director Steven Soderbergh at the helm and Julia Roberts in the title role, the movie breezes by enjoyably without so much as a grandstanding speech or an awkward moment.

June 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Indie director and movie star team up for thrilling, smart, snappy entertainment with a message.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

...sort of like A Civil Action Lite

August 29, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Few critics have been as skeptical of Julia Roberts' talents as I, but "Erin Brockovich" has won me over.

June 21, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

O incrível é que Julia Roberts nos faz esquecer de sua aura de 'estrela de cinema' e acreditar que ela seja, de fato, alguém com sérias dificuldades financeiras.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Erin is far and away her own worst enemy — and a good thing too, because she needed at least one.

May 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Steven Soderbergh realizes that he's working with a potentially been-there-done-that situation, and he makes all the right choices.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

This movie has the eerie tang of so many other wretched Roberts vehicles of the past...but somehow, it manages to produce a moderately good film

October 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

I liked this movie on its own merit, not just the merit of the true story it was portraying.

June 15, 2001 Full Review

It is not a movie, but a collection of scenes that serve one purpose only: to justify Julia Roberts as a movie star.

March 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

[Soderbergh's] willingness to let Erin's character move through all her many phases--to let her be both a bitch and a saint--that gives the film its edge

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
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Audience Reviews for Erin Brockovich

She brought a small town to its feet and a huge corporation to its knees.

Great Film!!! The element that made Julia Roberts a star in Pretty Woman is very much what carried this movie. Julia's strengths is her ability to play street-wise, honest, and passionate characters. Erin Brockovich is all those things. Steven Soderbergh's Erin Brockovich is exactly the uplift picture you've always hoped for. strong acting, moving script, important issues, legitimate procedurals and best of all it is scrupulously faithful to its true story. The film benefits from the style that Soderbergh brings to it. It glides with the grace that he brought to Ocean's 11 and has the rich colouring that parts of Traffic had. His direction really adds to the film and makes the sum feel a little greater that the parts put together. Overall this may not be the legal thriller that you hoped for and it may move a great deal slower that I thought a Hollywood film would, but it is worth it. The film is patient and worth baring with and Roberts is actually pretty good in the lead! Enjoyable.

Erin Brockovich is an unemployed single mother, desperate to find a job, but is having no luck. This losing streak even extends to a failed lawsuit against a doctor in a car accident she was in. With no alternative, she successfully browbeats her lawyer to give her a job in compensation for the loss. While no one takes her seriously, with her trashy clothes and earthy manners, that soon changes when she begins to investigate a suspicious real estate case involving the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. What she discovers is that the company is trying quietly to buy land that was contaminated by hexavalent chromium, a deadly toxic waste that the company is improperly and illegally dumping and, in turn, poisoning the residents in the area. As she digs deeper, Erin finds herself leading point in a series of events that would involve her lawfirm in one of the biggest class action lawsuits in American history against a multi-billion dollar corporation.
July 10, 2014
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Powerful and funny, Erin Brockovich is a must-see film that features a spellbinding, scene-stealing performance by Julia Roberts and a thrilling, well-executed portrayal of a real-life legal case.
June 5, 2014
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

"Able to stop pollution in a single rant."

Erin Brockovich, as a character, feels like a classic irony. The director himself works so hard and achieves the stuff of legend (the second filmmaker in Oscar history to earn two directing nominations in one year); and years later, all we remember in the 73rd Oscars is Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott winning for their quasi-masterpiece. Now back to Erin, a divorced (twice, in fact) mother who never gets a break, and that might be how she likes it. Sheâ(TM)ll do absolutely anything to support her family, get a job, keep that job, go above and beyond on humanitarian efforts. On the surface, sheâ(TM)s a feisty woman who wants to get what she wants. And she is that, but itâ(TM)s not what she wants, so much as what she cares about. Her kids. Her job. Stopping pollution. The lives of others.

November 22, 2013

Super Reviewer

Julia Roberts is her best here as a slightly trashy single mother. Erin Brockovich is a funny, smart, and thoughtful legal drama that despite some plot holes and character issues, is engaging, emotional, and inspiring. Aaron Eckhart is almost unrecognizable here as George, the next-door neighbour. A subdued, but strong performance from him as well, but Julia Roberts definitely steals the show.
October 20, 2012
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

    1. Ed Masry: PG&E is demanding 90. In other words, everybody. Do you understand? This is serious.
    2. Erin Brockovich: And, what, Ed? I'm not serious?
    3. Ed Masry: You're emotional, you're erratic. You say anything, you make this personal, and it isn't.
    4. Erin Brockovich: Not personal? That is my work! My sweat! My time away from my kids! If that's not personal, I don't know what is-- [starts to cough hardly]
    5. Ed Masry: Hey, come on. Come on. Go home. Get well. Because you're no good to me sick. I need you, all right? This case needs you.
    6. Erin Brockovich: Did you tell them that?
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (14 months ago)
    1. Theresa Dallavale: Annabelle Daniels.
    2. Erin Brockovich: 714-454-9346. 10 years old, 11 in May. Lived on the plume since birth. Wanted to be a synchronized swimmer so she spent every minute she could in the PG&E pool. She had a tumor in her brain stem detected last November, an operation on Thanksgiving, shrunk it with radiation after that. Her parents are Ted & Rita. Ted's got Crohn's disease, Rita has chronic headaches, and nausea, and underwent a hysterectomy last fall. Ted grew up in Hinkley. His brother Robbie, and his wife May and their five children: Robbie Jr, Martha, Ed, Rose & Peter *also* lived on the plume. Their number is 454-9554. You want their diseases?
    3. Theresa Dallavale: Okay, look, I think we got off on the wrong foot here.
    4. Erin Brockovich: That's all you got, lady. Two wrong feet in fucking ugly shoes.
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (16 months ago)
    1. Erin Brockovich: How could you take this away from me?
    2. Ed Masry: No one's taking anything, will you let me--
    3. Erin Brockovich: Bullshit! You stuck me in Siberia dictating to some goddamn steno clerk so you could finish this thing without me!
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (17 months ago)
    1. Theresa Dallavale: Erin, you don't even have phone numbers for some of them.
    2. Erin Brockovich: Whose number do you need?
    3. Theresa Dallavale: Everyone's. This is a lawsuit Erin. We need to be able to contact the plaintiffs.
    4. Erin Brockovich: I said, whose number do you need?
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (17 months ago)
    1. Erin Brockovich: Bite my ass, Krispy Kreme!
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (2 years ago)
    1. Erin Brockovich: [Erin tries to use her cell phone but has no reception] Oh, you fucking piece of CRAP with no signal!
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (2 years ago)
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