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  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The film swings from melodrama to sermonizing, both blunting the human drama that needs to come to the fore. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Clumsy and ineffective in its first half hour. But gradually, as her investigation deepens, and we see the true hideousness of what she is uncovering, the movie achieves urgency and clarity of purpose. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Ms. Weisz is always a strong presence, but her talents are wasted here on a naive heroine - the fictional Kathy is exceedingly slow to grasp the extent of the corruption - and a narrative style that turns the horror of the prostitutes' plight into harrowing melodrama. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    The story, inspired by Bolkovac's experiences in Bosnia and her subsequent book account, is dynamite. Alas, Kondracki's direction fizzles. While she elicits a tense and eloquent performance from Weisz, the first-time filmmaker fails to maintain a consistent tone. Her film samples multiple genres. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    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. Still, Weisz is strong and smart. And David Strathairn shows up in is-he-good-or-evil? mode. show more

  • 70
    Bob Mondello NPR

    Credit Kondracki and Kirwan with having endowed their picture with considerable, if blunt, force. Their filmmaking suits the real-life atrocities they're exposing. show more

  • 100
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    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. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    For 20 years the news has reported from time to time of crimes alleged by employees of paid defense contractors. 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. show more

  • 75
    Loren King Boston Globe

    Larysa Kondracki's impressive debut achieves its aim to shine light on an international human rights issue as well as signaling a new director to watch. show more

  • 75
    Jennie Punter The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    There is also a parallel subplot following the fate of two Ukrainian girls caught in the sex-slave ring Kathy targets. This storyline isn't dramatically satisfying, but it does provide context and ensures the victims in this story are not portrayed simply as faces in the dark. show more

  • February 01, 2012 yq00000000111206
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    Having been deployed to Bosnia in 1995, this film really hit home. I\'m probably a bit biased, but I though this film was outstanding - and I never grow tired of watching Rachel Weisz

  • August 21, 2011 edaymedicinwoman
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    This movie exposes the reality of the institutionalized hatred of women throughout the world. The scenes are so upsetting that they are traumatizing and leave a rather grim if not hopeless atmosphere to the notion of change in the world. The question of why men feel the reactive need to hurt and treat women as commodities is tragic at best. I give these women credit for staring this story but wonder the real value given the exposure of violence to the audience.

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