Nothing But the Truth 2008

Nothing but the Truth

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A well-crafted political thriller, Nothing But the Truth features a strong cast that helps the real-life drama make an effortless transition to the big screen.

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When reporter Rachel Armstrong (Kate Beckinsale) writes a story that reveals the identity of a covert CIA operative, the government demands that Rachel reveal her source. She defies the special prosecutor (Matt Dillon) and is thrown in jail. Meanwhile, her attorney, Albert Burnside (Alan Alda) argues her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cast & Crew

Kate Beckinsale
Rachel Armstrong
Matt Dillon
Patton Dubois
Angela Bassett
Bonnie Benjamin
Vera Farmiga
Erica Van Doren
Alan Alda
Albert Burnside
David Schwimmer
Ray Armstrong
Noah Wyle
Avril Aaronson
Floyd Abrams
Judge Hall
Preston Bailey
Timmy Armstrong
Rod Lurie
Director
Rod Lurie
Screenwriter
Bob Yari
Producer
Dennis Brown
Executive Producer
David Glasser
Executive Producer
William J. Immerman
Executive Producer
James Spies
Executive Producer
Alik Sakharov
Cinematographer
Eloise Stammerjohn
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Critic Reviews for Nothing But the Truth

All Critics (60) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (49) | Rotten (11)

  • ... it's interesting to see the story from the viewpoint of a female journalist--one whose capabilities as a mother, a wife and a law-abiding citizen are constantly questioned...

    September 12, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • A finely-crafted film of people and ideas, of the sort more common before the movie mainstream became a sausage factory.

    May 1, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Every once in a while, for reasons as random as a Hollywood executive's taste or an economic meltdown, a perfectly decent movie slips through the cracks, never receives a theatrical release and is relegated to the purgatory called straight-to-DVD.

    April 28, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Writer-director Lurie makes dramas that whole-headedly engage ethical quandaries yet dodge easy judgments.

    February 6, 2009
  • In this engrossing political thriller, Kate Beckinsale's focused and sympathetic as the reporter who goes to jail to protect her source, and Vera Farmiga shines in the volatile supporting role of a government operative who loses her family because of her

    February 1, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Lurie's screenplay is intelligent and thoughtful, with moments of great insight.

    December 29, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nothing But the Truth

  • Jul 06, 2020
    The studio behind this 2008 film went bankrupt and so this film never got the theatrical release it deserved. It's another well told political drama by Rod Lurie who did the Joan Allen movie The Contender eight years earlier. Excellent performances by all the leads and a tightly told story.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2016
    A story about an incredibly brave and strong woman treated unbelievably unfairly by those in power -- she is an admirable journalist who demonstrates principled integrity, and the film shows the cost of keeping those principles in the face of tyranny. A story worth telling. Very great performance by Kate Beckinsale.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2011
    Nothing but the Truth is a well-crafted, gripping and tense thriller that features fantastic performances from Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Vera Farmiga and Alan Alda.
    Raymond W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2011
    I am shocked that this film was not nominated for any Oscars the year it came out. The film is really good. The film is well cast and everyone delivers. I definitely recommend this film.
    Sol C Super Reviewer

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