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  • Summary: Inspired by today’s politically charged climate, Nothing But the Truth is about Washington, DC political journalist Rachel Armstrong, who writes an explosive story about a government scandal in which she reveals the name of a covert CIA agent. When a special government prosecutor demands she divulge her source, she refuses and finds herself behind bars, struggling to defend the principles she has based her career upon. (Yari Film Group) Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Lurie hits closer to the bone here than he did in his ham-handed "The Contender" (2000).
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Mendelson
    80
    It is a rock-solid entertainment, made by adults, starring adults, and intended for adults.
  3. A typically intelligent if occasionally overwritten political thriller, boasting a powerhouse cast.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Competently constructed and nicely acted by Kate Beckinsale and Vera Farmiga.
  5. 70
    In the spirit of its title, Nothing but the Truth pivots on a plot twist that's both good and fair. And kudos to the ever-earnest Beckinsale for surviving a prison brawl as splatterific as anything Mickey Rourke had to endure in "The Wrestler."
  6. A fairly gripping cautionary tale.
  7. 38
    Nothing But the Truth is like listening to the fourth-best debater in middle school present a term paper called "Politics, Power and the Media."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. JimC
    Sep 12, 2009
    10
    An excellent, intelligent flick with great acting by Kate that highlights the loss of democracy in the war-mongering U.S.
  2. JayH
    Apr 26, 2009
    6
    The interesting story would have been so much better with a stronger actress in the lead role. It is over Kate Beckinsale's acting abilities. The rest of the cast is great though. Always interesting. Expand
  3. steveb
    Jul 7, 2009
    6
    Not believable. It assumes that the Federal Prosecutor is a noble American trying to uncover the identity of an American traitor which is OK for a movie but since it is based on real life where federal prosecutors did not even make the slightest attempt to find the traitor the overall effect is one of nauseau. A good propaganda film for Bush Cheney fans. Expand