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The Whistleblower

Sent to Bosnia in the aftermath of civil war, an American policewoman uncovers evidence that U.N. peacekeepers are complicit in sex-trafficking. But when she brings her findings to light, she learns that her foes are more powerful than the law.
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Netflix Rating: 3.7
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 73%
Critics' score: 73   Audience score: 72   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

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

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

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

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

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

Loren King, Boston Globe

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

Tom Long, Detroit News

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

Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic

Director Larysa Kondracki's debut film is unsparing in its portrayal of sexual trafficking in a supposedly civilized world. But it's valiant, too -- especially regarding Rachel Weisz's performance as reluctant crusader Kathryn Bolkovac. full review

John Anderson, Newsday

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

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Derives its strength from Rachel Weisz's intelligent performance as the real-life Bolkovac. full review

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer

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

Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

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

Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail

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

Bruce Demara, Toronto Star

A classic example of a film that doesn't trust the strength of its source material - or the intelligence of its audience. full review

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

Gradually, as her investigation deepens, and we see the true hideousness of what she is uncovering, the movie achieves urgency and clarity of purpose. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

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

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

The Whistleblower is frustratingly uneven, but at least it affords us the rare opportunity these days to meet up with a movie hero who isn't wearing jammies and a cape. full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

It's a little sluggish in the first act perhaps, and not as slick as some, but it's still more authentic than most, and angrier, too. full review

Tom Charity, CNN.com

It's a thriller sobering enough in its graphic portrayal of forced violence against women that it would be tough to watch if not for the controlled fury Weisz brings to her performance as a down-to-earth avenging angel. full review

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

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

A pointless drama that trafficks in cliche. full review

Kyle Smith, New York Post
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