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
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
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
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
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
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.

Evan Williams
The Australian
September 28, 2011

It is no comfort to reflect that The Whistleblower would be a first-rate thriller even if all of it were fiction.

Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 28, 2011

It's a powerful and engaging film which gives no easy answers but tells an important story.

Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 28, 2011

It's a story that should be told and Rachel Weisz's knockout performance is filled with integrity. My only reservation lies in the storytelling which never elicits the heartbreak it should.

Leigh Paatsch
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
September 28, 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.

Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)
September 28, 2011

a film so tough, anguished and emotionally devastating that you can safely assume that Kondracki has scratched words like "compromise" and "safe" from her personal vocabulary.

Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
September 23, 2011

As vital as the message is, director Larysa Kondracki is making a movie, with the conventions of the thriller genre occasionally stifling the story's inherent terror.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
September 19, 2011

The film is at its best when showing how blind justice can be, and why people in occupied countries don't automatically cheer when so-called "peacekeepers" arrive in their country.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Leonard Maltin
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012

Leah Rozen
TheWrap
Top Critic
March 1, 2012

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