The Whole Truth Reviews

October 3, 2019
The only real anomalistic quality to Courtney Hunt's long awaited sophomore feature The Whole Truth is why she chose to undertake this derivatively formulated courtroom drama in the first place.
October 19, 2018
We can tell the kind of movie The Whole Truth wants to be - Southern noir, full of cynicism and sorrow. Here, ambition outstrips achievement.
January 1, 2017
The film's closing minutes offer some parting pieces of information that upend some previously laid assumptions, but it's a grafted-on coda rather than a well-choreographed gut punch.
November 23, 2016
When the whole truth arrives in the final act, viewers will find it hard to care.
October 21, 2016
Some interesting work (particularly from Renee Zellweger and James Belushi) is marred by some lazy narrative devices, specifically the constant voice-over narration.
October 21, 2016
Keanu Reeves effectively anchors The Whole Truth, but a capable cast can only do so much to keep the lingering mystery afloat before logic weighs it down.
October 21, 2016
Perry Mason could have easily spotted the holes in the testimony of this lackluster courtroom thriller.
October 21, 2016
The script for The Whole Truth is an "airport book," although it contains even less sizzle and grit than most of those.
October 20, 2016
Trundling along on the drone of Ramsay's pseudo-hardboiled voice-over, "The Whole Truth" plays like an especially claustrophobic courtroom procedural, drably photographed and generically framed.
October 20, 2016
Instead of building tension, "The Whole Truth" lets it bleed out.
October 20, 2016
The film's bleached colors and Reeves' trademark woodenness add to its emotional remoteness, though Basso, Zellweger and Belushi create a convincing family in crisis.
October 20, 2016
Compelling, supported by an unusual cast, but Hunt doesn't bring grit to this mainstream event, which gradually evolves into Grisham-esque nonsense.
October 20, 2016
Usually, with a movie as mundane as The Whole Truth, it's tempting to say that a better cast and crew would've made something more special. But on paper, this film had the goods.
Top Critic
October 20, 2016
A total disaster that's been hanging around the editing room gathering dust for more than a year, you can't call it deadly because that would imply it's still alive. This one is already dead on arrival.
October 18, 2016
A thin and not fully believable courtroom procedural that nonetheless holds your interest.
October 18, 2016
Boasts a phoned in performance by Keanu Reeves that will have you booting up the John Wick 2 trailer as a reminder that he still is capable of doing some amazing stuff.
October 17, 2016
Viewers who've spent any time watching TV courtroom dramas will probably believe they've figured out "The Whole Truth" from practically its opening scene, and despite a few minor twists along the way, chances are, they have.
October 17, 2016
[W]hat might have been a tantalizing whodunit about the less-than-gleaming gears of justice ... is instead a curiously uninvolving exercise in procedure.
October 17, 2016
Courtney Hunt's film ultimately plays as little more than the cinematic equivalent of a trashy airport novel.