Erin Brockovich
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Julia Roberts stars in this legal drama based on the true story of a woman who helped win the largest settlement ever paid in a direct-action lawsuit. Erin Brockovich (Roberts) is a single mother of three who, after losing a personal injury lawsuit, asks her lawyer, Ed Masry (Albert Finney), if he can help her find a job. Ed gives her work as a file clerk in his office, and she runs across some information on a little-known case filed against Pacific Gas and Electric. Erin begins digging into the particulars of the case, convinced that the facts simply don't add up, and persuades Ed to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Roberts shines."
‑ Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"There's really no reason this kind of conventional David-and-Goliath tale (based on a true story) should make for such a compelling motion picture, but Soderbergh and Grant smartly mix plenty of humor and unflagging inspiration into the drama."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Julia Roberts winner. R mostly for language."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"An example of Hollywood entertainment done with finesse and compassion, the way it always should be but so often isn't."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"With director Steven Soderbergh at the helm and Julia Roberts in the title role, the movie breezes by enjoyably without so much as a grandstanding speech or an awkward moment."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"An exhilarating tale."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"smartly directed, with Soderbergh perfecting his style but not overdoing it"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Julia Roberts has never been more fragile or stunning. And by oncerning itself with truthful consequences of its characters' self-sacrifices, the film succeeds as a drama as much about the passion of personal investment as the pursuit of justice."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"It would have seemed impossible to me that a writer could take such a worn-out premise and make it enthralling, but this guy has done it."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Indie director and movie star team up for thrilling, smart, snappy entertainment with a message."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"The film lacks focus and energy, the character development is facile and thin, and what about those necklines?"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"establishes Roberts as a modern Kate Hepburn-one with inner strength and charm and sincerity"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"In this Oscar-winning fairytale, combining traits of Norma Rae and Karen Silkwood, Julia Roberts is at her most winning and sexiest as the lone-figher against the system; that it's inspired by an actual case makes it more fun to watch."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's hard to imagine another actress pulling this off without appearing sleazy."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"...sort of like A Civil Action Lite"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
More reviews for Erin Brockovich on Rotten Tomatoes

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