Kill the Messenger Reviews

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March 6, 2015
Kill the Messenger is earnest and righteous but almost entirely lacking in thrills.
March 6, 2015
It's hard to look away as his world unwinds.
March 5, 2015
Not since 2003's Shattered Glass has the journalistic pursuit of truth been presented on screen as such a mortally serious matter of honour.
March 5, 2015
Solid, though director Michael Cuesta doesn't have the journalistic balls of his subject.
October 29, 2014
Renner brings a dogged yet ebullient quality to Webb. It's a terrific, wound-up yet thoughtful performance that conveys a sense of conviction with an undercurrent of fragility.
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October 14, 2014
Kill the Messenger does a credible if not dazzling job. In fact, the movie is a lot like the reporting that inspired it: a good introduction to a diabolically tangled tale.
June 24, 2019
Evokes the detailed energy and ennui of enterprise journalism, and thanks to Jeremy Renner's best performance outside The Hurt Locker, Webb comes across as a more meaningfully complex character than most comparable crusaders, real or imagined.
January 10, 2019
Kill the Messenger is worth seeing for Renner's work and for the information it provides about its time and its subject.
January 7, 2019
Kill the Messenger was, in my opinion, one of the more solid dramas in this year's local release schedule.
November 11, 2017
Grim, taut and smartly paced, Kill The Messenger is undoubtedly one of the best crime-dramas of the year. Watch it.
October 18, 2017
The acting in Kill The Messenger can't be faulted. I just wish the movie itself was as focused and driven as Renner's performance.
September 1, 2017
Come for the acting, but not much else.
June 28, 2017
The movie is full of fine actors doing fine work in so-so roles... Their performances, rather than Michael Cuesta's uncertain direction, give the movie its considerable energy.
April 6, 2016
The script by former journalist Peter Landesman, who recently directed the medical drama Concussion, does a good job of simplifying a complex real-life chain of events.
February 26, 2016
The film doesn't demand that you now respect Webb or sing his praises, but it does ask you to look at the cracks in that tranquil faade, and to keep looking, no matter how much it seems to fracture.
December 29, 2015
The first half of the movie captivates as it runs through his impressive investigation. But the fallout from Webb's scoop is less enthralling and the story loses traction as it focuses on his crumbling personal life.
May 12, 2015
The muddled movie contains all the elements of a top-notch muckraker, deployed erratically and to increasingly diminished returns.
March 8, 2015
It's sporadically gripping but ultimately rather frustrating fare, leaving us intrigued enough by the conspiracy-theory backstory to want hard documentary evidence rather than mere dramatic licence.
March 7, 2015
Jeremy Renner is on terrific form... but the rest of the movie doesn't quite live up to his impressively nuanced performance.
March 6, 2015
[Renner gives] is a rousing performance but the film is a little one-dimensional in its portrayal of Webb as a result.
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