The Whistleblower

2011

The Whistleblower

Critics Consensus

Rachel Weisz puts on a compelling smoldering act though the film suffers from a literal-minded approach to the material.

75%

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Total Count: 118

71%

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User Ratings: 12,543
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This ripped-from-the-headlines thriller is inspired by actual events. Kathy Bolkovac (Rachel Weisz) is a Nebraskan police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up and intrigue amid a world of private contractors and multinational diplomatic doubletalk. -- (C) Samuel Goldwyn

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  • The closing minutes of the film suggest the most challenging parts of the story still remains untold.

    Oct 18, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • A first-rate one-woman-against-the-system drama, a film benefiting from grim recreations of an ugly reality and a stellar cast determined to expose it.

    Oct 11, 2011 | Rating: 3/4
  • This is a truly depressing film, without any sense of release. You may even be tempted to give up on the human race while watching men casually trade and rape girls for a few measly dollars.

    Sep 29, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • In Weisz's eyes, we see Kathryn's transformation from a public servant doing what's expected of her to a crusader driven to by her own conscience. Her performance is terrific; the movie, sadly, is not.

    Sep 1, 2011 | Rating: 2/4
  • "The Whistleblower'' effectively depicts the paranoia that builds as an increasingly frustrated and outraged Bolkovac is thwarted at every turn.

    Sep 1, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Powerful and revolting, The Whistleblower makes you feel as if it could have been even more powerful and revolting.

    Aug 26, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • Mar 05, 2017
    It's a provocative and frustratingly told true story. The atrocities that happen and then the exploitation of a weak state is simply hard to fathom when you are part of the peace making process. You feel the leads frustration and emotion at not being able to do anything to help in this politically flawed and corrupt world.
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2015
    I don't like that some actors/characters are wasted and disappear without explanation (like Benedict Cumberbatch), but still this is a riveting film based on a real story that is so horrendous (a huge stain in the history of the UN) that it is even hard to believe it happened.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 23, 2014
    This film is based on Kathryn Bolkovac's attempt to expose DynCorp's (Democra in the movie) sex trafficking of minors in Bosnia and is everything but an easy watch. Too bad they chose to fictionalise so much of the story.
    vieras e Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2013
    This is a good movie, albeit one that is no better or worse than I was expecting. I realize that may sound like a compliment but, in a lot of ways, it isn't. I don't know, I was just expecting the film to surprise me and it would actually end up being great, but it isn't at any point. Perhaps I shouldn't complain since the film is really good with a great performance from Rachel Weisz, who is always consistent. I found the story to be compelling enough, you really are invested in seeing Kathy exposing those that are doing these terrible things to people they are supposed to be protecting. The movie is well-written and has a solid cast, but it's really Rachel's show and, as mentioned, she delivers. It's sad that the movie isn't much better considering the real-life story behind it. And, I mentioned this in my review for Eden the other day, I also believe that this subject would've made for a better documentary than it would've otherwise. I mean if you could get the real Kathryn Bolkovac to sit down and talk about her experiences and everything leading up to her 'blowing the whistle', so to speak, it would've been absolutely fascinating and considerably better than this film. Though I suppose you can make that argument for every film based on a true story, but it's more apparent in films where they don't really use the real life story as effectively as they should've. I don't really have much to say, this is a really good movie but one that really missed the boat as far as its story goes. I think I'll forget about this movie in a week's time, but it's a good movie nonetheless. Compelling and solidly acted.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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