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The Whistleblower

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Canada, Germany · 2010
Rated R · 1h 52m
Director Larysa Kondracki
Starring Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci, David Strathairn
Genre Drama, Thriller, Crime

A stunning thriller based on the experiences of Nebraska cop Kathryn Bolkovac, who discovers a deadly sex trafficking ring while serving as a U.N. peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Risking her own life to save the lives of victimized women, she uncovers an international conspiracy that is determined to stop her, no matter the cost.

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The A.V. Club by

The Whistleblower's loose camerawork and cool tones sometimes recall Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic," but without his control or unwillingness to strip away his characters' humanity.


Slant Magazine by Bill Weber

It reaches a peak of dramatic anguish in star Rachel Weisz's single moment of naked fury, rather than through the tenacity and compassion that define her crusading title character.


Variety by Justin Chang

This accomplished debut feature avoids most of the usual pitfalls, channeling its outrage into a tense, focused piece of storytelling with a powerful sense of empathy.


Time by Mary Pols

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. In one scene Kathy finally confronts what she's up against and starts to cry. They are tears of rage, and the most powerful I've seen this year.


Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

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.


Observer by Rex Reed

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.

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