The Whistleblower Reviews

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Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered
November 11, 2013

The Whistleblower offers fantastic performances from the entire cast. It's very atmospheric with grisly authenticity and a truly moving plot.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 4, 2013

A dark, uncompromising look into the disturbing world of human trafficking.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
January 6, 2013

Weisz's best role, and best performance, since "The Constant Gardener.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
March 9, 2012

The thriller stuff is very soft, and the docudrama stuff is too focused on "Oscar moments" (i.e. huge expressions of outrage and torment).

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
February 6, 2012

Yes, The Whistleblower has its heart in the right place. However, that heart is bleeding a little too much.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
January 30, 2012

The Whistleblower goes off the rails a little -- I guess in an attempt to create more drama out of an already dramatic situation. As the plot devices pile up towards the end, it's a bit frustrating because there's a good movie in there somewhere.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
January 14, 2012

This is bleak terrain, but Weisz's performance helps us get through it. And as real-story films go, The Whistleblower is as accurate as can be.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 21, 2011

Weisz is made for this kind of role; from "Constant Gardener" to "Enemy at the Gates," few actors can do absolute, unshakable conviction so well on screen.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
October 21, 2011

A reasonably taut story of political intrigue, international corruption and one woman's determined fight for justice

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
October 18, 2011

The closing minutes of the film suggest the most challenging parts of the story still remains untold.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rob Boylan
Orlando Weekly
October 12, 2011

Don't let the impressive cast list, which includes Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci and David Strathairn, fool you: This is the Rachel Weisz show.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
October 11, 2011

A first-rate one-woman-against-the-system drama, a film benefiting from grim recreations of an ugly reality and a stellar cast determined to expose it.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 6, 2011

It's a good film with a strong central performance. The problem is that the film isn't as strong as the performance.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 30, 2011

Structured and shot like a quality premium-cable channel police drama, this fact-based story might have had more impact as a documentary.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Craig Mathieson
sbs.com.au
September 29, 2011

[Weisz's] restraint offers a cold, evaluative gaze that makes what transpires all the more telling, and in the absence of direction that can make something more out of these elements than just condemnation, that becomes a strength.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
September 29, 2011

Instead of capitalising on a really fine performance from Rachel Weisz in the leading role, Kondracki makes a real mess of it.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Murray
Sydney Morning Herald
September 29, 2011

This is a truly depressing film, without any sense of release. You may even be tempted to give up on the human race while watching men casually trade and rape girls for a few measly dollars.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
September 29, 2011

While the facts of the case demand this film can do no more than administer one big booster shot of buzz-kill, it is Bolkovac's ferocious will to right so many wrongs (expertly channelled by Weisz) that keeps you glued to the screen.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 28, 2011

While it's overstuffed with characters - and not entirely satisfying as an entertainment, the film does manage to remind us of the human capacity for rationalizing atrocity. And the human capacity for doing the right thing nevertheless.

Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
M. Faust
ArtVoice
September 28, 2011

If the film occasionally falls into melodramatics, it's hard to see how a story like this could have been told otherwise.

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