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The Insider Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Fascinating whistleblower story for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
November 29, 2009
A supremely suspenseful and riveting dramatic tour-de-force.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 29, 2008
A sobering examination of corruption, courage, cowardice, and the sometimes catastrophic costs of telling the truth.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
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.
Rob Gonsalves
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
Emanuel Levy
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-
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The movie reveals Michael Mann's unparalleled ability to fashion taut suspense from unpromising material.
Tom Meek
Film Threat
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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-
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
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+
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
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
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
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
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
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
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Big tobacco, big media, big drama in director Michael Mann's masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
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
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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