'The Whistleblower' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   1 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   119 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    Rarely has a movie captured the obscene violence of sex trafficking with such unvarnished grubbiness. In the end, though, The Whistleblower is a corporate thriller.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    "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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    25
    A classic example of a film that doesn't trust the strength of its source material - or the intelligence of its audience.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Loren King Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    "The Whistleblower'' effectively depicts the paranoia that builds as an increasingly frustrated and outraged Bolkovac is thwarted at every turn.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rob Nelson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Late-reel scenes of suspense involving the heinously victimized Ukrainians fall somewhere along the line between shocking reportage and standard-issue torture porn.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Clumsily didactic and flat.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    These cases rarely seem to result in change, and the stories continue. We can only guess what may be going unreported. "The Whistleblower" offers chilling evidence of why that seems to be so.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ben Sachs Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Larysa Kondracki's first feature successfully avoids the major pitfalls of the activist docudrama: the main character's heroism never overshadows the larger issue at hand, nor does exposition gum up the storytelling.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    Derives its strength from Rachel Weisz's intelligent performance as the real-life Bolkovac.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    Somewhere inside this movie is a thought-provoking thriller about the collateral damage caused by geopolitical do-gooders. Too bad it never emerges.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    Powerful and revolting, The Whistleblower makes you feel as if it could have been even more powerful and revolting.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard Nilsen Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    50
    You come away from watching the film with a moral bellyache.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    100
    The Whistleblower is a grisly, authentic, meticulously researched, pulse-quickening political chiller about a hot-button topic that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    [A] harrowingly effective thriller.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    A pointless drama that trafficks in cliche.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bruce Demara Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    It reminds us that there are those, in war or in peace, who will always seek to degrade and exploit, with a precious few others to speak out against injustice.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jennie Punter Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    In Canadian director Larysa Kondracki's gripping based-on-a-true-story debut feature The Whistleblower, Rachel Weisz delivers a subtle yet riveting performance.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Although the Canada-Germany co-production from first-time feature director Larysa Kondracki isn't as gripping as it could have been, that's no fault of Weisz's: She gives a bracing, wholly connected performance.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
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  • David Germain Associated Press (Top Critic)
    50
    "The Whistleblower" is a one-note affair that offers glimpses of the rich, broad life Bolkovac clearly lives but deifies her into someone inaccessible and unbelievable.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mary F. Pols TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    Weisz is a dazzling woman, but her beauty is barely noticeable in this role; her character's integrity and her mounting anger grab all the attention.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    63
    The film swings from melodrama to sermonizing, both blunting the human drama that needs to come to the fore. Weisz holds the ground in a performance of ferocity and feeling.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Too well-intentioned for its own good.
    Full Review » 3 years ago