Nothing But the Truth

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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 sheInspired 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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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. 80
    It is a rock-solid entertainment, made by adults, starring adults, and intended for adults.
  4. 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."
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Competently constructed and nicely acted by Kate Beckinsale and Vera Farmiga.
  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: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  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 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. Jul 25, 2016
    6
    Nothing but the Truth is a decidedly captivating film with a killer lead performance from Kate Beckinsale, but as it reveals more and moreNothing but the Truth is a decidedly captivating film with a killer lead performance from Kate Beckinsale, but as it reveals more and more about itself, the worse you begin to look at the film. While not inherently bad, it does wind up being nothing more than slightly above average due to the ending. One part political thriller, one part journalistic thriller, and another part prison drama, Nothing but the Truth is a film that really makes you think and makes you question how you would respond to the same situation. It is taut and well crafted, thrilling you to the very end as you wait to see how the twists and turns play out. Unfortunately, the pay-off is beyond dumb and makes you realize the entire internal debate you had about character motivations was a waste of your time. This is highly unfortunate, but luckily, the proceeding hour and a half is quite good and really engaging, so I can overlook a terrible ending slightly. Expand
  4. 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 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

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