• R, 2 hr. 37 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Michael Mann
    In Theaters:
    Nov 5, 1999 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 11, 2000
  • Buena Vista Pictures

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The Insider Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Fascinating whistleblower story for older teens.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 28, 2010
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

A supremely suspenseful and riveting dramatic tour-de-force.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 4/4

November 29, 2009
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Not a single shot could be improved in either lighting or framing; nor is there even a single cut that could be moved by so much as a frame without damaging the exactitude of its placement.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 10/10

June 24, 2009
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

A sobering examination of corruption, courage, cowardice, and the sometimes catastrophic costs of telling the truth.

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: B+

October 29, 2008
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

Despite having no action scenes, a 2.5 hour running time, and based around the tired subject of tobacco, The Insider manages to be one of -- if not the best thriller of the year.

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons

January 15, 2008
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

It has a buzz of excitement and complexity -- the sense that we're seeing the actual back-room decisions that affect lives.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

September 24, 2007
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

The ingredients--topical subject, great acting from Crowe and Plummer, Mann's brillaint helming--are here for a truly great film and yet something is missing, perhaps a sense of deja vu of case well covered in the press, or an aura of pompous seriousness.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A-

September 20, 2007
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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What I didn't expect was an intelligently absorbing entertainment that ran for two hours and 40 minutes, during which I didn't once look at my watch -- just about the highest praise I can bestow upon a film these days.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 27, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The Insider is an engaging, beautifully-paced drama that leaves most others like it looking silly and amateurish.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 26, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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The movie reveals Michael Mann's unparalleled ability to fashion taut suspense from unpromising material.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Tom Meek
Film Threat

Director Michæl Mann makes the mundane exciting -- even though we all know the outcome -- with his trademark blue/dark back lighting, hyper-kinetic editing and a haunting techno score.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

A compelling, tautly depicted tale of corporate power and individual integrity. Director Mann may well have an Oscar contender here.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: A-

April 9, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

This is a war movie. The big strikes are lawsuits. The battlefield is the conscience. And the heroes put themselves on the front lines for the sake of the truth.

| Original Score: A+

January 15, 2005
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

It won't be popular with tobacco executives, who come off as menacing, but here's betting they'll be among the first to see it.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 3/4

June 23, 2004
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly

Credit co-author and director Michael Mann for infusing with wit a film that easily could have been unbearably pretentious, and credit Al Pacino, who plays producer Bergman, for doing the same for his character.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 20, 2003
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Pumped up with sharp editing, vivid performances and a damning true story to tell, it's a morality tale with a hard contemporary punch.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

April 25, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

Not only is the story fascinating and intelligent...and not only is Mann's directing inventive and yet down to earth, but the performances by the cast are truly excellent.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 5/5

February 8, 2003
James Rocchi
Netflix

Big tobacco, big media, big drama in director Michael Mann's masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 5/5

November 7, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

Who would guess that a story like this -- set mostly in courtrooms, hotel rooms, newsrooms and cars -- could be turned into a suspenseful, heart-pounding thriller?

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 4/4

October 15, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

Al Pacino delivers his best work in some time as Bergman, a man of conviction ready to fight for what he believes in. Pacino has great intensity as always, but he doesn't go over the top.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 3/4

September 10, 2002
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