Veronica Guerin
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Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Joel Schumacher take on the real-life story of an assassinated Irish journalist in the dramatic thriller Veronica Guerin. Cate Blanchett appears as the title character, a relentless crime reporter for The Sunday Independent during the early '90s. Guerin's violent murder in 1996 led to a revision of Ireland's laws and the creation of the Criminal Assets Bureau. The movie picks up with her pursuit of the underground drug trade in Dublin, which she suspects is led by mobster Martin "The General" Cahill (Gerry O'Brien). When… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

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"Well-meaning but simpleminded."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"As movie material, Veronica Guerin's life could have benefited from the gutsy probing the woman herself was renowned for."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"This is no Erin Brockovich."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"...a respectful quasi-documentary"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"A moving but gritty story of willpower and sacrifice that stops pleasingly short of a Hollywood varnish-job."
‑ Damon Wise, Empire Magazine
"Blanchett gets the accent impeccably, and encompasses both the woman's determined heroism and her delight in the picture byline, but neither she nor the screenplay digs any deeper than secular hagiography."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"You don't need subtlety for a movie like this -- which is fortunate considering that Schumacher is the director -- but you need a kind of craft that Schumacher doesn't possess."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"Cate Blanchett gives a tour de force performance as Veronica Guerin under Joel Schumacher's direction of a no-nonsense script by Carol Doyle and Mary Agnes Donoghue."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Blanchett nearly saves it, but it's too much a plastic-Jesus biopic."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"If you take out Cate Blanchett's amazing performance, you're left with a dull husk of a film from a director who knows little about filmmaking."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"While I was watching Veronica Guerin, starring Cate Blanchett, I kept imagining the movie it might have been before director Joel Schumacher and producer Jerry Bruckheimer got their hands on it."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"The movie never adequately explains the inner conflicts that led its relentless-reporter heroine to die."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Cate Blanchett is a vital presence as Veronica and should have romantic teenagers lining up to get into journalism school."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"While this is a movie that deserves a mildly favourable recommendation, it's also nothing short of a catastrophic fumble and an incredible lost opportunity."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Cate Blanchett is most likely the greatest actress working in film today."
‑ Chris Barsanti,
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