The Whistleblower


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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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.

Oct 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.

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

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

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

Aug 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.

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Film Crazy

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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

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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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vieras esine

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A police officer volunteers for the UN peacekeeping mission in Bosnia and uncovers a scandal involving human trafficking. A fine, unremarkable social issue drama that looks unflinchingly at the cruelties of sex trafficking, The Whistleblower has its moments when it is remarkably compelling only because the material is tough to watch. While it attempts to wring ethical questions out of its hero's predicament, anyone with half a moral compass would find the character's choices obvious. Rachel Weisz has done better American accents in her other work, and that's about the extent of my criticism of her work here. She's good, but there's little extraordinary about her performance. Overall, as social issue dramas go, this one is good but nothing profound.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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