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Total Crap: 9.52%

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Veronica Guerin
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by EricDSnider

"Why do journalists do what they do? This movie has no idea."
3 stars

People who aren't journalists sometimes wonder what motivates the people who are. It's not the money, clearly; you can tell from the way newspaper reporters dress that they don't make much. It's not fame, which usually eludes your average reporter, except when he or she misbehaves and achieves infamy instead. So what is it?

"Veronica Guerin" has ample opportunities to address this issue, but neglects them. The real Veronica Guerin, played here with panache and grit by the fantastic Cate Blanchett, was murdered in 1996 by the drug kingpins she was investigating for the Dublin Independent. She knew her story was dangerous, but she proceeded anyway. Why? I don't know. If the movie knows, it has chosen not to tell us.

Why would you make a biopic about someone that showed only her actions, without attempting to show us what drove her to them? Again, I don't know.

But Joel Schumacher, that unpredictable and often laudable director of everything from "St. Elmo's Fire" to "Batman & Robin," has done just that, leading Blanchett to a firecracker performance in a movie that is mere piffle.

The details of Veronica's investigation, her dogged determination to bring all the facts to light, her descent into many dangerous situations in Dublin's underworld -- all of this makes for a mildly interesting drama, as far as it goes. But it only goes so far, and it relies on that oldest of clichés: the criminal mastermind who discusses all his nefarious doings in front of his girlfriend. Even a bad journalist could have given you pointers on how to write that plot element differently.

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6/04/19 Annie Completely UNDERRATED film! Blanchett gives an outstanding performance once again 5 stars
9/12/07 William Goss A fine Cate Blanchett performance can't topple Schumacher's heavy-handed direction. 3 stars
10/02/06 tessa outstanding film !!!!! 5 stars
10/26/05 Katie Evridge Interesting look at the drug problem in Ireland. 3 stars
10/02/05 Caoimhe Amazing.A touching film. 5 stars
5/23/05 susee liked it..well made 5 stars
2/06/05 John T. moving and emotional, i even cried. 5 stars
1/07/05 Landshark Silly in a Harrison's Flowers kind of way 3 stars
10/17/04 Pollo Not original. I've seen this before. 3 stars
3/21/04 Mitch Definitely worth the price of a rental, if only to see Cate & hear Sinead O'Connor! 4 stars
3/04/04 Natalie Stonecipher MOSTLY lucid movie, with worst version ever of "The Fields Of Athenry". 4 stars
3/03/04 LIAM JACKSON just goes to show that when you nose in, you get more than you bargain for. 5 stars
1/16/04 Helen Bradley Blanchett's acting make tjhis a great movie 5 stars
1/15/04 Betty White Blanchett is solid and understated in this slow-moving biopic. 4 stars
11/22/03 orsie what a tear jerkier. the reviewers don'nt have a clue! 5 stars
11/13/03 Rebecca K Excellent!!!!! 5 stars
11/07/03 Cameron Slick An emotional and startling film that with a great performance by Blanchett. 4 stars
10/29/03 Heather It's pretty good although I would have preferred an Irish Director to have done it 4 stars
10/26/03 rory will remeber this 1 for a long time 5 stars
10/18/03 gino wow don't know why i saw it but i'm glad i did. made me cry 5 stars
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