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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
R (for disturbing violent content including a brutal sexual assault, graphic nudity and language.)
Art House & International , Documentary , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Special Interest
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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
Jeanette Hain
as Halyna
Benedict Cumberbatch
as Nick Kaufman
David Hewlett
as Fred Murray
Coca Bloos
as Milena
Luke Treadaway
as Jim Higgins
Liam Cunningham
as Bill Hynes
Vlad Ivanov
as Tanjo
Alin Panc
as Roman
Roxana Guttmann
as Zlata Sehik
Stuart Graham
as McVeigh
Catherine McNally
as Female Cop
Geoffrey Pounsett
as UN Security Guard
Radu Binzaru
as Barman
Zoltan Butuc
as Man #1
Mihai Ghior
as Intern
Sabrina Iaschevici
as 17-Year-Old Girl
Raluca Tataru
as Girl #2
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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All Critics (114) | 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
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 1, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

"The Whistleblower'' effectively depicts the paranoia that builds as an increasingly frustrated and outraged Bolkovac is thwarted at every turn.

Full Review… | September 1, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Powerful and revolting, The Whistleblower makes you feel as if it could have been even more powerful and revolting.

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 25, 2011
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Whistleblower


The only trouble I had was with the actors/characters who 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 would be hard to believe if it were fiction.

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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vieras esine

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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