Veronica Guerin (2003)



Critic Consensus: Cate Blanchett gives another great performance in a movie that doesn't shed much light on its title character.

Movie Info

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Joel Schumacher take on the real-life story of an assassinated Irish journalist in the dramatic thriller Veronica Guerin. Cate Blanchett appears as the title character, a relentless crime reporter for The Sunday Independent during the early '90s. Guerin's violent murder in 1996 led to a revision of Ireland's laws and the creation of the Criminal Assets Bureau. The movie picks up with her pursuit of the underground drug trade in Dublin, which she suspects … More

Rating: R (for violence, language and some drug content)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Mary Agnes Donoghue, Carol Doyle
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 16, 2004
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as John Gilligan

as John Traynor

as Bernie Guerin

as Chris Mulligan

as Graham Turley

as Cathal Turley

as Aengus Fanning

as Anne Harris

as Willie Kealy

as Tony Gregory

as Geraldine Gilligan

as Brian Meehan

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as Gerry Hutch

as Martin Cahill

as Frances Cahill

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as Terry Fagan

as Tatooed Boy

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as Witness Nurse No. 1

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Critic Reviews for Veronica Guerin

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (38)

Well-meaning but simpleminded.

Full Review… | October 15, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Blanchett gets the accent impeccably, and encompasses both the woman's determined heroism and her delight in the picture byline, but neither she nor the screenplay digs any deeper than secular hagiography.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

While I was watching Veronica Guerin, starring Cate Blanchett, I kept imagining the movie it might have been before director Joel Schumacher and producer Jerry Bruckheimer got their hands on it.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

This is no Erin Brockovich.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

Cate Blanchett gives a tour de force performance as Veronica Guerin under Joel Schumacher's direction of a no-nonsense script by Carol Doyle and Mary Agnes Donoghue.

Full Review… | April 19, 2009

Cate Blanchett is a vital presence as Veronica and should have romantic teenagers lining up to get into journalism school.

Full Review… | October 15, 2007
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Veronica Guerin


As a slice of Irish history (the 1990's) this star vehicle is invaluable, swapping the quaint and rustic land o'leprechans movie Ireland usually seen for a truer portrait, peopled by normal modern folk. But, they've left out why anyone would make the sacrifices this woman made, leaving a too slick biopic instead. Blanchett delivers nonetheless.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Powerful stuff based on true story of a brave lady journalist. Very much watchable.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


Aside from the state of Dublin that is shown at the begining of this film, there were no real surprises here for me.

Though a bit predictable at times, it is still a good film.

As sad as it is to say, it is people like Veronica Guerin (who do the right thing to spite the risks involved) that keep us progressing as a society.

Their stories must be told to remind us that unless we fight for what is right, we will remain bogged down in everything that is wrong.

I consider myself a huge Cate Blanchett fan, but I have to say her "Irish" accent here was a bit dodgy at times, but the performance was otherwise a very powerful one.

Robert C

Super Reviewer

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