The Insider 1999

The Insider

Critics Consensus

Intelligent, compelling, and packed with strong performances, The Insider is a potent corporate thriller.

96%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 137

90%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 59,204

Where to watch

Show all services

Rate And Review

User image

Verified

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)



  • You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you buy your ticket?

    Let's get your review verified.

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)

  • How did you buy your ticket?

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

The Insider Photos

Movie Info

After seeking the expertise of former "Big Tobacco" executive Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), seasoned TV producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) suspects a story lies behind Wigand's reluctance to speak. As Bergman persuades Wigand to share his knowledge of industry secrets, the two must contend with the courts and the corporations that stand between them and exposing the truth. All the while, Wigand must struggle to maintain his family life amidst lawsuits and death threats.

Cast & Crew

News & Interviews for The Insider

Critic Reviews for The Insider

All Critics (137) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (132) | Rotten (5)

  • Powerfully and elegantly, The Insider reveals a chilling reality: how hard it is to tell a simple truth when big business doesn't want it told.

    March 6, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    April 27, 2007 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Observer
    Top Critic
  • The movie reveals Michael Mann's unparalleled ability to fashion taut suspense from unpromising material.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Pumped up with sharp editing, vivid performances and a damning true story to tell, it's a morality tale with a hard contemporary punch.

    April 25, 2003 | Rating: 3/4
  • It's a good thing Wigand isn't a conventional, come-to-the-rescue hero in The Insider, because, although Michael Mann tries for a victory dance, there's ultimately little cause for cheer.

    June 18, 2002
  • Mann turns a moral issue into riveting suspense.

    May 8, 2001 | Rating: 5/5

Audience Reviews for The Insider

  • Nov 19, 2016
    Excellent film. Oscar-caliber and worth checking out.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 26, 2016
    A riveting and compelling drama that urges it's viewers to pay attention and think, The Insider is smart filmmaking that makes the most out of it's amazing cast and memorable dialogue. A truly underrated and masterful film.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2014
    One of the best movies about the necessity and difficulty of "doing the right thing". Everyone in this cast is doing career best work and Mann orchestrates this thing so well.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 22, 2013
    Between 3.5 and 4 stars. A good piece on investigative journalism, though it dragged in a few places and was probably overlong. Good performances by the whole cast; Pacino's performance was simply gripping.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer

The Insider Quotes

Movie & TV guides