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The Whistleblower Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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 Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 83/100

September 28, 2011
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Clumsily didactic and flat.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

August 4, 2011
Alison Willmore
AV Club

Kondracki offers a glimpse of a monstrous world -- made worse because some of the monsters in it were sent there to protect people -- but doesn't suggest any nuanced understanding of it.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

August 4, 2011
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The movie is not great, but Weisz is.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

August 19, 2011
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

A grim lamentation for victims of sex trafficking in postwar Bosnia is buried beneath rote filmmaking and cartoonishly rendered villainy.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

July 31, 2011
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

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

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 2/5

September 29, 2011
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

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

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 18, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Director Larysa Kondracki's fictionalized account of a true story is underserved by a melodramatic script; the result is like a film of a "60 Minutes" segment.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

August 5, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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A pointless drama that trafficks in cliché.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

August 5, 2011
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media

March 9, 2012
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

arrives in theatres stamped with a self-important seal of approval

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

August 4, 2011
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

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 Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 2/4

January 30, 2012
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 6, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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"The Whistleblower" has a choppy, fumbling screenplay (by Ms. Kondracki and Eilis Kirwan) that lurches between shrill editorializing and vagueness while sorting through more characters than it can comfortably handle or even readily identify.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 4, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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That you leave the film with nagging doubts and questions is not a problem. That you leave it with a sense of disappointment, however, is.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 9, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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If this well-meaning melodrama contains a call to action, it's as quiet as a dog whistle.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 26, 2011
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a preachy, hopelessly heavy-handed piece of work...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1/4

September 25, 2010
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The cardboard characters have no shadings between good and nasty here; and Rachel Weisz' face is often unsuccessfully framed to indicate thought or something.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

August 5, 2011
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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 Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

September 30, 2011
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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Too well-intentioned for its own good.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 4, 2011
Leonard Maltin
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012
Leah Rozen
The Wrap
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March 1, 2012
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