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The Whistleblower (2011)



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

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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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Vanessa Redgrave
as Madeleine Rees
Monica Bellucci
as Laural Leviani
David Strathairn
as Peter Ward
Nikolaj Lie Kaas
as Jan Van Der Velde
Rachel Weisz
as Kathryn Bolkovac
William Hope
as Blakely
David Hewlett
as Fred Murray
Coca Bloos
as Milena
Luke Treadaway
as Jim Higgins
Liam Cunningham
as Bill Hynes
Alin Panc
as Roman
Roxana Guttmann
as Zlata Sehik
Geoffrey Pounsett
as UN Security Guard
Sabrina Iaschevici
as 17-Year-Old Girl
Bianca Neagu
as Girl #3
Ion Sapdaru
as Border Guard
Ionut Grama
as Human Rights Worker
Paul Jerricho
as Tim Sebastian
Bryan Jardine
as Judge Twiss
Erwin Simsensohn
as Drunk IPTF Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Whistleblower

All Critics (118) | Top Critics (35)

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.

October 11, 2011 | Rating: 3/4

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.

September 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.

September 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.

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

If this well-meaning melodrama contains a call to action, it's as quiet as a dog whistle.

August 26, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

You come away from watching the film with a moral bellyache.

August 25, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Whistleblower


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 Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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.

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