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Taking full advantage of Julia Roberts's considerable talent and appeal, Erin Brockovich overcomes a few character and plot issues to deliver a smart, thoughtful, and funny legal drama.
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In the title role, Roberts carries the film in the best sense, by taking us on a human journey of genuine discovery and growth.
Smart, savvy, funny, and, at times, poignant.
From the opening to the perfect final shot, Roberts is in nearly every scene of Erin Brockovich, and there isn't a second when we're not on her side.
Demonstrates how good Soderbergh is with actors.
[Roberts looks] spectacularly and movingly human even at the expense of her established persona.
The arc of the tale may be conventional, but Roberts, in her most forceful dramatic performance, allows us to take in every moment through fresh, impassioned eyes.
Julia Roberts is masterful.
A shining example of everything promising about American moviemaking as it entered the 21st Century.
There's really no reason this kind of conventional David-and-Goliath tale (based on a true story) should make for such a compelling motion picture, but Soderbergh and Grant smartly mix plenty of humor and unflagging inspiration into the drama.
smartly directed, with Soderbergh perfecting his style but not overdoing it
establishes Roberts as a modern Kate Hepburn-one with inner strength and charm and sincerity
Julia Roberts winner. R mostly for language.
Although marred by a questionable characters and plot points, the film is smart and fluidly directed. Erin Brockovich highlights Julia Roberts in her finest form ever, displaying her charm, charisma and humor in an empowering performance that helps define the tone of this dramatic biopic. 4.5/5
She brought a small town to its feet and a huge corporation to its knees.
Great Film!!! The element that made Julia Roberts a star in Pretty Woman is very much what carried this movie. Julia's strengths is her ability to play street-wise, honest, and passionate characters. Erin Brockovich is all those things. Steven Soderbergh's Erin Brockovich is exactly the uplift picture you've always hoped for. strong acting, moving script, important issues, legitimate procedurals and best of all it is scrupulously faithful to its true story. The film benefits from the style that Soderbergh brings to it. It glides with the grace that he brought to Ocean's 11 and has the rich colouring that parts of Traffic had. His direction really adds to the film and makes the sum feel a little greater that the parts put together. Overall this may not be the legal thriller that you hoped for and it may move a great deal slower that I thought a Hollywood film would, but it is worth it. The film is patient and worth baring with and Roberts is actually pretty good in the lead! Enjoyable.
Erin Brockovich is an unemployed single mother, desperate to find a job, but is having no luck. This losing streak even extends to a failed lawsuit against a doctor in a car accident she was in. With no alternative, she successfully browbeats her lawyer to give her a job in compensation for the loss. While no one takes her seriously, with her trashy clothes and earthy manners, that soon changes when she begins to investigate a suspicious real estate case involving the Pacific Gas & Electric Company. What she discovers is that the company is trying quietly to buy land that was contaminated by hexavalent chromium, a deadly toxic waste that the company is improperly and illegally dumping and, in turn, poisoning the residents in the area. As she digs deeper, Erin finds herself leading point in a series of events that would involve her lawfirm in one of the biggest class action lawsuits in American history against a multi-billion dollar corporation.
Powerful and funny, Erin Brockovich is a must-see film that features a spellbinding, scene-stealing performance by Julia Roberts and a thrilling, well-executed portrayal of a real-life legal case.
Julia Roberts is her best here as a slightly trashy single mother. Erin Brockovich is a funny, smart, and thoughtful legal drama that despite some plot holes and character issues, is engaging, emotional, and inspiring. Aaron Eckhart is almost unrecognizable here as George, the next-door neighbour. A subdued, but strong performance from him as well, but Julia Roberts definitely steals the show.
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