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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.

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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 the particulars of the case, convinced that the facts simply don't add up, and persuades Ed to allow her to do further research; in time, she discovers a systematic cover-up of the industrial poisoning of a city's water supply, which threatens the health of the entire community. Erin Brockovich was directed by Steven Soderbergh; Julia Roberts earned a $20 million payday for her work on the film, the highest salary paid to a female film star up to that time. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
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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Julia Roberts
as Erin Brockovich
Albert Finney
as Ed Masry
Marg Helgenberger
as Donna Jensen
Cherry Jones
as Pamela Duncan
Peter Coyote
as Kurt Potter
Veanne Cox
as Theresa Dallavale
David Brisbin
as Dr. Jaffe
Dawn Didawick
as Rosalind
George Rocky Sulliva...
as Los Angeles Judge
Pat Skipper
as Defending Lawyer
Joe Chrest
as Tom Robinson
Meredith Zinner
as Mandy Robinson
Michael J. Harney
as Pete Jensen
Wade Williams
as Ted Daniels
Cordelia Richards
as Rita Daniels
Kristina Malota
as Annabelle Daniels
Tracey Walter
as Charles Embry
Jack Gill
as Defendant
Irene Olga Lopez
as Mrs. Morales
Emily Marks
as Beth (8 months)
Julie Marks
as Beth (8 months)
Ron Altomare
as Biker Friend
Charles John Bukey
as Biker Friend
Randy Lowell
as Brian Frankel
Sarah Ashley
as Ashley Jensen
Scarlett Pomers
as Shanna Jensen
TJ Thyne
as David Foil
William Lucking
as Bob Linwood
Mimi Kennedy
as Laura Ambrosino
Scott Sowers
as Mike Ambrosino
Ashley Pimental
as Beth (18 months)
Brittany Pimental
as Beth (18 months)
Larry Martinez
as Nelson Perez
Don Snell
as PG&E Lawyer
Michael Shamberg
as PG&E Lawyer
Gina Gallego
as Ms. Sanchez
Ronald E. Hairston
as Car Messenger
Scott Allen
as Town Meeting Plainti...
Shelia Shaw
as Ruth Linwood
Jason Cervantes
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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