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The Insider Reviews

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September 12, 2017
... the movie goes on a nail biting tear...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 28, 2010
Fascinating whistleblower story for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 29, 2009
A supremely suspenseful and riveting dramatic tour-de-force.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 24, 2009
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 | Original Score: 10/10
October 29, 2008
A sobering examination of corruption, courage, cowardice, and the sometimes catastrophic costs of telling the truth.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 15, 2008
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.
September 24, 2007
It has a buzz of excitement and complexity -- the sense that we're seeing the actual back-room decisions that affect lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 20, 2007
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 | Original Score: A-
April 27, 2007
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.
May 26, 2006
The Insider is an engaging, beautifully-paced drama that leaves most others like it looking silly and amateurish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 9, 2006
The movie reveals Michael Mann's unparalleled ability to fashion taut suspense from unpromising material.
December 6, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 9, 2005
A compelling, tautly depicted tale of corporate power and individual integrity. Director Mann may well have an Oscar contender here.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 15, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: A+
June 23, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/4
May 20, 2003
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
April 25, 2003
Pumped up with sharp editing, vivid performances and a damning true story to tell, it's a morality tale with a hard contemporary punch.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 8, 2003
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 | Original Score: 5/5
November 7, 2002
Big tobacco, big media, big drama in director Michael Mann's masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 15, 2002
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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