Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. A typically intelligent if occasionally overwritten political thriller, boasting a powerhouse cast.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Mendelson
    80
    It is a rock-solid entertainment, made by adults, starring adults, and intended for adults.
  4. 75
    Lurie has crafted a different kind of thriller, one with a mind and a heart.
  5. 75
    Mostly, Nothing But The Truth operates a lot like Billy Ray's "Shattered Glass" and "Breach," offering up the sort of no-nonsense, meat-and-potatoes docudrama that's in short supply these days.
  6. Throughout it all, however, I couldn't escape the feeling that this movie belonged on television instead. It has the immediacy, but also the shallowness, of an extended TV episode. Talking heads proliferate and pontificate.
  7. 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."
  8. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Competently constructed and nicely acted by Kate Beckinsale and Vera Farmiga.
  9. A fairly gripping cautionary tale.
  10. Nothing but the Truth has nothing much at all to do with the historical record, which wouldn't be bad if it offered something persuasive and worthwhile in return, like a reckoning of journalism and its abuses.
  11. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    40
    Lurie spins off into invention like a "Law & Order" writer on deadline, scrambling the issues so thoroughly it's no longer clear what, if anything, the movie is meant to address.
  12. 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."
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User 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. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »