Erin Brockovich - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Erin Brockovich Reviews

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 10, 2001
| Original Score: 4/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's easy to forget you're watching a performance.
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Before long, the character simply becomes irritating.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Entertaining, instructive, emotional, expertly directed and funny.
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
Roberts shines.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
An exhilarating tale.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
It's a prime Julia Roberts movie, and it is beguiling at just that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
January 1, 2000
A stand-up-and-cheer crowd pleaser.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The film lacks focus and energy, the character development is facile and thin, and what about those necklines?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
Even if Erin Brockovich leaves us contemplating its many loopholes, the verdict remains: some sellouts are worth the price of admission.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
January 1, 2000
A rousing, hugely entertaining movie.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
One of the gutsiest, most exciting, and most satisfying courtroom docudramas ever, one that genuinely lifts the spirits as you watch it.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
It's a victory for Julia Roberts, co-star Albert Finney and director Steven Soderbergh. It's also a victory for the audience.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 1, 2000
Involving and entertaining.
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David Germain
Associated Press
January 1, 2000
Roberts has never been better as she glares and swears her way through the movie.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
Roberts does what the best movie stars do. She makes you believe in Erin Brockovich as a living, breathing human being even as you're also constantly aware that you're watching Julia Roberts on screen.
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January 1, 2000
It's not that this is lousy entertainment, it's just that it's a Serious Topic given unnecessary Celebrity Sheen.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Just watch [Finney's] reactions to see a great supporting actor at work.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Smart, savvy, funny, and, at times, poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
Soderbergh demands a lot from his star here, and she delivers, perhaps more than even he expected.
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
[Soderbergh's] knack for getting career-defining turns from actors is intact.
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Gemma Files
Film.com
January 1, 2000
[Roberts looks] spectacularly and movingly human even at the expense of her established persona.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 1, 2000
With Erin Brockovich, [Soderbergh] pulls off his most impressive feat yet: giving crowd-pleasing baubles a good name.
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January 1, 2000
A completly involving movie that will grab you from the first frame of film to the closing credits.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
There is never a dull moment.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Demonstrates how good Soderbergh is with actors.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
The best "message movie" in recent memory, it is also, so far, the best film of the new millennium.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
The arc of the tale may be conventional, but Roberts, in her most forceful dramatic performance, allows us to take in every moment through fresh, impassioned eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
What Soderbergh can do as well as anyone is bring restraint, intelligence and subtlety to mainstream material, and what a difference that makes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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USA Today
January 1, 2000
Atop all the talk about this being Roberts' career performance so far (and it is), it would be unjust to overlook that this is also the best screen role Finney has had in years.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
With this script, Grant becomes Hollywood's foremost writer of strong, smart women's roles, and Lachmann works the same wonders with the atomizing light of Southern California that he did in Soderbergh's The Limey.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
From the opening to the perfect final shot, Roberts is in nearly every scene of Erin Brockovich, and there isn't a second when we're not on her side.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Not only is every plot development signaled far in advance, but nearly every scene in the film's long second section rings a variation of one of two themes: 1) Julia Roberts tells somebody off, or 2) Julia Roberts feels somebody's pain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5