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V.I. Warshawski (1991)




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Kathleen Turner stars as V.I. Warshawski in Jeff Kanew's film version of the hard-boiled detective character from Sara Paretsky's series of crime novels. Warshawski is a freelance private investigator in Chicago, who lives the part of the hard-boiled detective. But in her heart of hearts, she is a softy. One night, while she is drinking at her favorite bar, she meets an ex-Blackhawks hockey player named Boom-Boom Grafalk (Stephen Meadows). The two connect and a romance appears to be in the making. But Warshawski is nevertheless surprised when Boom-Boom appears at her doorstep later that night with his 13-year-old daughter, Kat (Angela Goethals) in tow. He asks Warshawski if she could watch her and Warshawski agrees. Later that night, Boom-Boom is killed in a boat explosion and Kit hires Warshawski to track down her father's killer.

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Critic Reviews for V.I. Warshawski

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (3)

Turner's Warshawski is bitingly hilarious, brazenly sexy, and always the smartest one in the room.

November 2, 2018 | Full Review…

...one's interest in V.I. Warshawski is almost entirely dependent on one's tolerance for Turner's work...

June 17, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Turner wants to play up Warshawski's detective instincts while Disney would rather ogle with the intensity of a Mormon, unsure how to successfully launch a franchise like this without alienating male audiences.

July 26, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

As inelegant as its title.

April 9, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A highly enjoyable jaunt in action-thrill land

April 25, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

It's okay. It's not great. It kills time.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for V.I. Warshawski

Kathleen Turner's great as a tough-boiled, leggy, private eye investigator in this thriller movie.

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