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Veronica Guerin

Veronica Guerin (2003)

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53

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 139
Fresh: 74 | Rotten: 65

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

43

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 21

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

audience

71

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Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 8,735

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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

Mar 16, 2004

$1.5M

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All Critics (143) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (74) | Rotten (65) | DVD (21)

Well-meaning but simpleminded.

October 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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As movie material, Veronica Guerin's life could have benefited from the gutsy probing the woman herself was renowned for.

October 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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You don't need subtlety for a movie like this -- which is fortunate considering that Schumacher is the director -- but you need a kind of craft that Schumacher doesn't possess.

October 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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The movie never adequately explains the inner conflicts that led its relentless-reporter heroine to die.

October 17, 2003 | Comment (1)
Philadelphia Inquirer
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This is no Erin Brockovich.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

April 19, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

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

October 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

...a respectful quasi-documentary

September 9, 2007 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Blanchett nearly saves it, but it's too much a plastic-Jesus biopic.

July 24, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

While this is a movie that deserves a mildly favourable recommendation, it's also nothing short of a catastrophic fumble and an incredible lost opportunity.

June 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A moving but gritty story of willpower and sacrifice that stops pleasingly short of a Hollywood varnish-job.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

If you take out Cate Blanchett's amazing performance, you're left with a dull husk of a film from a director who knows little about filmmaking.

August 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Cate Blanchett is most likely the greatest actress working in film today.

October 31, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Sporting a perfect Irish accent, [Cate Blanchett] imbues the character with a lot more presence than the script (and the director?) called for.

August 3, 2004 Full Review Source: european-films.net
european-films.net

Guerin has the outward appearance of a quaint but brutal Irish gem like the works of Jim Sheridan and Neil Jordan, but looks are deceiving

July 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
Bangitout.com

Veronica Guerin is a sharp study of the vices that sometimes goad us to virtue.

June 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Low IQ Canadian

Has its virtues, but they're the kind you can buy.

March 18, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)

What you will take away from this movie is another fine performance by Blanchett.

February 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Cate Blanchett [gives] a performance that gets under your skin.

February 4, 2004 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

[Joel] Schumacher remains a filmmaker with the potential to surprise.

January 1, 2004 Full Review

Por pouco năo 'mata' Veronica Guerin pela segunda vez ao macular sua memória.

December 18, 2003 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
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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.
March 2, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Powerful stuff based on true story of a brave lady journalist. Very much watchable.
June 21, 2009
imrealgod

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.
February 6, 2009
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Robert C

Super Reviewer

A grand film all around for the actors and the script. Cate Blanchett shines as the fact based story of a very outspoken and hardworknig Irish woman. Many things come at a cost being threatened is just the beginning. The very talened Brenda Fricker co-stars along with Colin Farrell.
May 24, 2008
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Mason Williams

Super Reviewer

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