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Erin Brockovich Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ April 30, 2015
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
Super Reviewer
½ November 28, 2008
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.
Super Reviewer
June 5, 2014
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.
Super Reviewer
October 20, 2012
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.
Super Reviewer
½ August 3, 2006
An intriguing true story, I rarely give Julia Roberts credit, but think it was a part she took well. The passion for the human side of law was the whole substance of this film. Aaron Eckhart was truly unrecognisable.
Super Reviewer
½ December 12, 2007
Original rating of 4 and a half stars stays after rewatch. This is just a really good film. The best role I have seen Julia Roberts in (I really tend to hate her chick flicks). She plays the part of Erin, a gutsy, and slightly trashy, single mum really well. being a true story makes it even better. There's really a bit of everything here.
No point going on, as this is an older film now, and most would have seen it, but if you haven't, give it a go, will probably enjoy it.
Super Reviewer
½ October 27, 2011
A minor film especially after the bomb he dropped before it (Traffic) this is still a great watch with good performances from Julia Roberts and Albert Finney.
Super Reviewer
February 27, 2011
This film is simply one word, heroic. Julia Roberts couldn't have done the role better. The plot was interesting and dealt with a lot of issues of life. The cast and music and everything were great, even if the movie dragged on a lot. A really good film.
Super Reviewer
½ October 8, 2010
Sexy legal pursuits.
Super Reviewer
½ July 28, 2010
i didnt like this. i thought it was boring and i just find anything i liked about the movie. C-
Super Reviewer
½ May 29, 2006
Julia Robert's career best role as Erin Brockovich one of hollywood's greatest heros. Nominated for Best Picture.
Super Reviewer
September 9, 2007
this is one of my favourite movies of all time its a compelling drama that is really funny sad and feel good moments that make this movie the best! with fantastic performances especially roberts! whats worrying is that this movie is based on a true story but one womans determinatin to put a close the case provails and is brilliant really worth a watch!
Super Reviewer
½ November 9, 2006
Erin Brockovich has got to be one of the greatest screen characters ever: loud, sassy, opinionated, bitchy, smart and driven. The best part? She's actually real! Julia Roberts is incredible as the title character in this underrated indie gem.

Attention usually falls on the Oscar-winning turn by Roberts (and deservedly so), but Albert Finney and Aaron Eckhart are certainly impressive as Erin's boss and boyfriend, respectively. Incredible writing by Susannah Grant.
Super Reviewer
½ April 3, 2009
"She brought a small town to its feet and a huge corporation to its knees."

An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city's water supply.

Erin Brockovich essentially combines two movies. The first being about a single mother of three struggling to support her kids in a materialistic country. The second about said single mother transcending stereotypes by discovering and investigating a cover up by a large utility about the damage that their plant has caused local residents. The great achievement that director Steven Soderbergh makes is to combine these two elements seamlessly. Julia Roberts is in superb form in the titular role and her co-star, veteran Albert Finney, turns in an excellent performance. Good support comes from Aaron Eckhart as Erin's main squeeze, George and Marg Helgenberger as Donna Jensen, the woman whose Real Estate claim starts the whole thing off. The screenplay by Susannah Grant provides Roberts with lots of snappy one-liners, which I'm not quite sure the real Erin Brockovich said. But hey, it makes for more fun in the movie. I defy you to go see Erin Brockovich and leave without a smile on your face.
Super Reviewer
January 12, 2007
Roberts & Finney are magic together in this underrated film.
Super Reviewer
December 13, 2006
Part legal drama and part advocacy cinema, and fueled throughout by Julia Roberts's most personal performance to date, this engaging film is smart, sassy, and quietly chilling, the latter because it's based on frankly horrifying events that occurred in an isolated California desert community early in the 1990s.
Super Reviewer
½ August 16, 2006
A great movie from Soderbergh!!! It's unpleasing to saw that this movie is based on a true story... Julia Roberts plays a great role of Erin Brokovich... She's look ugly but very smart... No wonder she got her Oscar in this movie... Best movie of 2000
Super Reviewer
½ June 9, 2006
Julia Roberts (to the surprise of myself and many others) gives a much deserved Oscar winning performance in this film based on true events. The dialogue is great (some of it down right hilarious and witty), the supporting cast (especially Albert Finney and Aaron Eckhart) are great, and the overall visual look and feel and cinematography are pleasing, too. Give this one a shot. It's really quite good.
Super Reviewer
July 30, 2007
I like the sassy white trash Julia Roberts.
Super Reviewer
January 20, 2007
I love the main plot to death and Erin Brockovich really grows on you. Though I thought she started the movie as a belligerent, detestable cunt, I quickly grew to admire her complete unwillingness to compromise when she knew she could do better. She's lived her life gambling, but when she knows her opponents' cards, she's going to move on them.

What makes this movie less effective than it could have been to me is that the subplots were pallid. Aaron Eckhart has nothing to do here; their romance comes off as maudlin and unconvincing, especially when they fight. There's maybe one scene where her children seem like a legitimate part of the plot or Julia Roberts's character development. A lot of the figures in this movie are just ciphers to bounce more development off of the admittedly one-dimensional Ms. Brockovich.

But the dialogue is fantastic, the storyline gripping, and the message inspiring. It begins to show signs of wear in the third act, but the finale is really great. This is definitely one worth seeing.
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