The Whistleblower Reviews

  • 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.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • "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.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

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

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

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

    Loren King — Boston Globe

  • Late-reel scenes of suspense involving the heinously victimized Ukrainians fall somewhere along the line between shocking reportage and standard-issue torture porn.

    Rob Nelson — Village Voice

  • 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.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Clumsily didactic and flat.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

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

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Somewhere inside this movie is a thought-provoking thriller about the collateral damage caused by geopolitical do-gooders. Too bad it never emerges.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

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

    Tom Long — Detroit News

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

    Richard Nilsen — Arizona Republic

  • 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.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • [A] harrowingly effective thriller.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • A pointless drama that trafficks in cliche.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • 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.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • 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.

    Bruce Demara — Toronto Star

  • In Canadian director Larysa Kondracki's gripping based-on-a-true-story debut feature The Whistleblower, Rachel Weisz delivers a subtle yet riveting performance.

    Jennie Punter — Globe and Mail

  • 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.

    Michael Rechtshaffen — Hollywood Reporter

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