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The Whistleblower Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 28, 2011
While it's overstuffed with characters - and not entirely satisfying as an entertainment, the film does manage to remind us of the human capacity for rationalizing atrocity. And the human capacity for doing the right thing nevertheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 4, 2011
Clumsily didactic and flat.
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
August 4, 2011
Kondracki offers a glimpse of a monstrous world -- made worse because some of the monsters in it were sent there to protect people -- but doesn't suggest any nuanced understanding of it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 19, 2011
The movie is not great, but Weisz is.
| Original Score: 2/4
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
July 31, 2011
A grim lamentation for victims of sex trafficking in postwar Bosnia is buried beneath rote filmmaking and cartoonishly rendered villainy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
September 29, 2011
Instead of capitalising on a really fine performance from Rachel Weisz in the leading role, Kondracki makes a real mess of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
October 18, 2011
The closing minutes of the film suggest the most challenging parts of the story still remains untold.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 5, 2011
Director Larysa Kondracki's fictionalized account of a true story is underserved by a melodramatic script; the result is like a film of a "60 Minutes" segment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 5, 2011
A pointless drama that trafficks in cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
March 9, 2012
The thriller stuff is very soft, and the docudrama stuff is too focused on "Oscar moments" (i.e. huge expressions of outrage and torment).
Christopher Null
August 4, 2011
arrives in theatres stamped with a self-important seal of approval
| Original Score: 2/5
Eric Melin
January 30, 2012
The Whistleblower goes off the rails a little -- I guess in an attempt to create more drama out of an already dramatic situation. As the plot devices pile up towards the end, it's a bit frustrating because there's a good movie in there somewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
February 6, 2012
Yes, The Whistleblower has its heart in the right place. However, that heart is bleeding a little too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 4, 2011
"The Whistleblower" has a choppy, fumbling screenplay (by Ms. Kondracki and Eilis Kirwan) that lurches between shrill editorializing and vagueness while sorting through more characters than it can comfortably handle or even readily identify.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 9, 2011
That you leave the film with nagging doubts and questions is not a problem. That you leave it with a sense of disappointment, however, is.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 26, 2011
If this well-meaning melodrama contains a call to action, it's as quiet as a dog whistle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 25, 2010
...a preachy, hopelessly heavy-handed piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 5, 2011
The cardboard characters have no shadings between good and nasty here; and Rachel Weisz' face is often unsuccessfully framed to indicate thought or something.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 30, 2011
Structured and shot like a quality premium-cable channel police drama, this fact-based story might have had more impact as a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
August 4, 2011
Too well-intentioned for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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