The Whistleblower Reviews

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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
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
August 4, 2011

Clumsily didactic and flat.

Alison Willmore
AV Club
Top Critic
August 4, 2011

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 | Original Score: C
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 19, 2011

The movie is not great, but Weisz is.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
July 31, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
Top Critic
August 5, 2011

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Kyle Smith
New York Post
Top Critic
August 5, 2011

A pointless drama that trafficks in cliché.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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).

Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
August 4, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
August 4, 2011

"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 | Original Score: 2/5
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
August 9, 2011

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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
August 26, 2011

If this well-meaning melodrama contains a call to action, it's as quiet as a dog whistle.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 25, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 5, 2011

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

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
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
August 4, 2011

Too well-intentioned for its own good.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Leonard Maltin
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012

Leah Rozen
TheWrap
Top Critic
March 1, 2012

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