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Veronica Guerin Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 60

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Glorifies its subject without quite knowing what to make of her. There's no question, though, about Ms. Blanchett in the title role. When she's on screen, the Fourth Estate flourishes.

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Made gripping almost single-handedly by Blanchett's superlative performance.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Cate Blanchett plays Guerin in a way that fascinated me for reasons the movie probably did not intend.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    I can't imagine a better actress for this part than Australian-born Cate Blanchett. Blanchett, who can be regal ("Elizabeth") or slutty ("The Shipping News"), manages to catch the feel of Guerin.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    A luminous performance from Cate Blanchett lies at the heart of Joel Schumacher's impressive drama.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Her death was shocking; this well-made telling of her life is inspiring.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

This is no Erin Brockovich.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has brutal and graphic violence and extremely strong language. The R rating is accurate. Young drug addicts are vividly depicted, including one who has become a prostitute. There are scenes in a brothel and in a strip bar and non-explicit sexual situations.

  • Families can talk about what makes someone willing to risk not only her own life but her family's lives as well. Should she have been more careful? Should she have stopped?

The good stuff
  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Very strong female character.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Brutal violence, including beating and gunshots, characters killed. Nightmare material.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Scenes in brothel and strip bar, sexual situations, nothing explicit.

  • language false5

    Language: Some very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Graphic depiction of illegal drug use, drug dealing a theme of the movie, drinking and smoking.