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.
Top Critic
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.
October 10, 2014
Clichs and obviousness litter the movie.
October 10, 2014
It's oversold and under-reported. But Kill the Messenger flies high on Jeremy Renner's all-stops-out performance as 1990s-era journalist Gary Webb. Flaws aside, the film inspires a moral outrage that feels disconcertingly timely.
October 10, 2014
The story of a crusading reporter's determined search for truth, "Kill The Messenger" gains its not-inconsiderable power by not being the kind of movie that particular description might lead you to expect.
October 10, 2014
A resonant journalistic cautionary tale gets packaged as a hokey thriller in Kill the Messenger, a movie with a message that isn't nearly as urgent as it needs to be.
October 10, 2014
Drugs, government, truths, mustaches. "Kill the Messenger" is an admirable journalism thriller that takes on a lot of big subjects.
October 10, 2014
If this movie is any guide, Webb's later years deserve a film of their own. We ought to know more about this fascinating character. And we ought to see more of the fully engaged actor playing him.
October 10, 2014
Kill the Messenger does a fine job of dramatizing Webb's reporting. The suspense reminds one of All the President's Men, if the structure and writing pale in comparison.
October 10, 2014
A serious, interesting film about a very simple concept: The Truth. And how very complicated that can sometimes become.
October 9, 2014
Jeremy Renner hasn't been this good since The Hurt Locker (although most of his output since then has been in popcorn movies - hey, the guy needs to make a living).
October 9, 2014
The film falters as the story swells and churns ...
October 9, 2014
It's an engrossing portrait not only of government intrigue and crusading after the truth, but of media and their tangled motivations.
October 9, 2014
[Renner] inhabits the character completely, digging into the role with the same won't-let-go fierceness Webb himself displayed when newsworthy information came his way.
October 9, 2014
If the pacing sags a little, and the scale is more modest than the 60 Minutes scandal at the heart of The Insider, Kill the Messenger is still crisp, smart and gutsy.
October 9, 2014
The film tells the story from Webb's point of view without exonerating him. In fact, we never learn enough about just what was and wasn't true, or how far Webb stretched the truth.
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