Erin Brockovich (2000)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Richard LaGravenese, Susannah Grant
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 15, 2000
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as Erin Brockovich

as Ed Masry

as Donna Jensen

as Pamela Duncan

as Kurt Potter

as Theresa Dallavale

as Dr. Jaffe

as Rosalind

as Los Angeles Judge

as Defending Lawyer

as Tom Robinson

as Mandy Robinson

as Pete Jensen

as Ted Daniels

as Rita Daniels

as Annabelle Daniels

as Charles Embry

as Defendant

as Mrs. Morales

as Beth (8 months)

as Beth (8 months)

as Biker Friend

as Biker Friend

as Brian Frankel

as Ashley Jensen

as Shanna Jensen

as David Foil

as Bob Linwood

as Laura Ambrosino

as Mike Ambrosino

as Beth (18 months)

as Beth (18 months)

as Nelson Perez

as PG&E Lawyer

as PG&E Lawyer

as Ms. Sanchez

as Car Messenger

as Town Meeting Plainti...

as Ruth Linwood

as Bartender

as Check Messenger
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Critic Reviews for Erin Brockovich

All Critics (167) | Top Critics (40)

Smart, savvy, funny, and, at times, poignant.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

A shining example of everything promising about American moviemaking as it entered the 21st Century.

Full Review… | November 27, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
Creative Loafing

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

Full Review… | June 8, 2012
7M Pictures

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

Full Review… | May 31, 2012
Old School Reviews

Julia Roberts winner. R mostly for language.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Erin Brockovich


Although marred by a questionable characters and plot points, the film is smart and fluidly directed. Erin Brockovich highlights Julia Roberts in her finest form ever, displaying her charm, charisma and humor in an empowering performance that helps define the tone of this dramatic biopic. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


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.

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.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

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