Nothing But The Truth

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2008

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Director:
Rod Lurie
Released:
2008
Rating:
R
Nothing But the Truth is a 2008 political thriller about a reporter exposing a government spy, inspired by the events of the Valerie Plame case. After an attempted presidential assassination, the U.S. government blames Venezuela and attacks Caracas in retribution. After a report surfaces that indicates that the Venezuelan evidence is questionable, journalist Rachel Armstrong (Kate Beckinsale) reveals D.C. soccer mom, Erica Van Doren (Vera Farmiga), as a secret CIA agent. With a political scandal brewing, Special Prosecutor Patton Dubois (Matt Dillon) presses the courts to put Rachel in jail for refusing to name the source for her explosive story. Rachel receives backing from her editor, Bonnie Benjamin (Angela Bassett), for upholding her professional integrity, but must endure public criticism and relentless political pressure for taking an unpopular stand. Attorney Alan Burnside (Alan Alda) fights her legal battles. Writer-director Rod Lurie ("The Contender") brings this timely account of the interconnected worlds of media and politics.

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Competently constructed and nicely acted by Kate Beckinsale and Vera Farmiga.

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    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 ...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times

    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.

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