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Nothing But the Truth (2008)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 56
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 11

A well-crafted political thriller, Nothing But the Truth features a strong cast that helps the real-life drama make an effortless transition to the big screen.


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 4

A well-crafted political thriller, Nothing But the Truth features a strong cast that helps the real-life drama make an effortless transition to the big screen.



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A female newspaper reporter outs a CIA agent and is imprisoned for refusing to reveal her source.


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Rod Lurie

Apr 28, 2009

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All Critics (56) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (11) | DVD (2)

A finely-crafted film of people and ideas, of the sort more common before the movie mainstream became a sausage factory.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Every once in a while, for reasons as random as a Hollywood executive's taste or an economic meltdown, a perfectly decent movie slips through the cracks, never receives a theatrical release and is relegated to the purgatory called straight-to-DVD.

April 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Writer-director Lurie makes dramas that whole-headedly engage ethical quandaries yet dodge easy judgments.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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It's Kate Beckinsale who is fantastic and she is able to hold the strong premise long enough to keep my interest in a politically-charged thriller.

December 22, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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I thought the performances were great, particularly Vera Farmiga.

December 22, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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All this plays out in brisk fashion, and the actors, who also include Alan Alda as Rachel's venerable lawyer, mostly seem to be having a high old time.

December 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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While it won't change the world it certainly deserves to be seen, especially as this is probably Beckinsale's strongest dramatic performance in several years.

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

Its surprising focus on motherhood and its strong female protagonist give this story a human interest angle.

July 24, 2012 Full Review Source:

Proving she can switch the lights on (or at least be guided to them), Kate Beckinsale gives a career-best performance in Rod Lurie's star-studded, substantive rumination on First Amendment attacks and governmental accountability.

September 19, 2010 Full Review Source:

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January 20, 2010 Full Review Source:

Should find favor with audiences eager for movies driven by characterization, ideas and the performances of actors whose screen presence offers as much justification for the existence of cinema as any camera trick, flashy montage or special effect.

May 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

It's hard to put a finger on anything actually wrong with this earnest drama of politics, conscience, and democratic ideals... but it's equally difficult to embrace it enthusiastically, too.

May 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Alda's performance is a real stand-out, but all the actors are in fine form, to include Angela Basset, Noah Wyle and David Schwimmer.

May 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Yes, it's inspired by the despicable Bush-Cheney real life CIA outing but Lurie makes it very much his own.

April 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Most moviegoers know Kate Beckinsale as that gorgeous babe in the skin tight leather pants in Underworld, but you will find a solid leading actress who leads a talented cast in Nothing But The Truth.

April 27, 2009 Full Review Source:

should bring a deserved burnishing to auteur Lurie's regard in the creative community

March 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

In this engrossing political thriller, Kate Beckinsale's focused and sympathetic as the reporter who goes to jail to protect her source, and Vera Farmiga shines in the volatile supporting role of a government operative who loses her family because of her

February 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Us Weekly
Us Weekly

Sporadically provocative and slightly contrived.

January 31, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

It's worth seeking out, standing as Lurie's best film work to date and a gentle reminder that Farmiga and Beckinsale are two talented, tough actresses in it for the long haul.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Lurie balances the tragic repercussions of two women drawn into a swirling riptide of political neglect, judicial irresponsibility, and sudden violence.

January 1, 2009

Kate Beckinsale and Vera Farmiga's terrific work is easily the best reason to watch.

January 1, 2009 Full Review Source:

The film pitches into old-school melodrama -- women in chains and all kinds of chaos, courtesy of men. But the film takes a next step too, aligning Erica and Rachel's experiences in order to indict the old boys' system.

December 30, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Thoughtful and incendiary, stressing the ever-increasing threats to civil liberties in the name of national security.

December 24, 2008 Full Review | Comments (2)
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Audience Reviews for Nothing But the Truth

Nothing but the Truth is a well-crafted, gripping and tense thriller that features fantastic performances from Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Vera Farmiga and Alan Alda.
August 23, 2011
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

A compelling story and strong acting make this a winner. Dillon plays a real son of a bitch.
June 14, 2011
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Excellent star-filled cast. Very thought provoking movie with a surprise ending....I have to say- I didn't see that one coming at all!! I understand the reason behind her decision (and everyone who sees this movie will also), but how we react to her decision is what makes this a good movie. Kudos to the writer of this one!
April 18, 2011

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    1. Albert Burnside: Some time ago, I began to feel the personal human digression on Rachel Armstrong. And I told her that I was there to represent her and not her principle. And it was not until I met her that I realized that with great people there's no difference between principle and the person.
    – Submitted by Ryan B (2 years ago)
    1. Erica Van Doren: I know you can't tell me who your source is. I respect that, okay? I know about keeping secrets.
    – Submitted by Sami A (2 years ago)
    1. Albert Burnside: Sometimes a mistake is like wearing white after Labour Day, and sometimes a mistake is invading Russia in winter!
    – Submitted by Alexandar T (3 years ago)
    1. Albert Burnside: A man can live a good life, be honorable, give to charity, but in the end, the number of people who come to his funeral is generally dependent on the weather.
    – Submitted by Igor M (3 years ago)
    1. Patton Dubois: Now for some reason, you don't reveal your source, you'll be held in contempt. And that means jail time. And we're not talking about some sort of a Martha Stewart cell with a butler nonsense.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
    1. Erica Van Doren: Just tell me this: was it someone close to me? Someone I know?
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
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