Spotlight

2015, Drama, 2h 8m

373 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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Spotlight gracefully handles the lurid details of its fact-based story while resisting the temptation to lionize its heroes, resulting in a drama that honors the audience as well as its real-life subjects. Read critic reviews

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In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by editor Walter "Robby" Robinson (Michael Keaton), reporters Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Matt Carroll and Sacha Pfeiffer interview victims and try to unseal sensitive documents. The reporters make it their mission to provide proof of a cover-up of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church.

Cast & Crew

Mark Ruffalo
Michael Rezendes
Michael Keaton
Walter "Robby" Robinson
Rachel McAdams
Sacha Pfeiffer
John Slattery
Ben Bradlee Jr.
Stanley Tucci
Mitchell Garabedian
Billy Crudup
Eric MacLeish
Paul Guilfoyle
Peter Conley
Jamey Sheridan
Jim Sullivan
Len Cariou
Cardinal Law
Neal Huff
Phil Saviano
Josh Singer
Screenwriter
Tom McCarthy
Screenwriter
Jeff Skoll
Executive Producer
Jonathan King
Executive Producer
Pierre Omidyar
Executive Producer
Michael Bederman
Executive Producer
Bard Dorros
Executive Producer
Tom Ortenberg
Executive Producer
Peter Lawson
Executive Producer
Xavier Marchand
Executive Producer
Masanobu Takayanagi
Cinematographer
Tom McArdle
Film Editor
Howard Shore
Original Music
Stephen H. Carter
Production Design
Michaela Cheyne
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Critic Reviews for Spotlight

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  • Spotlight manages the seemingly impossible task of wooing journalists with authenticity while still elevating reporters to hero status, as they battle a formidable and corrupt institution with righteous determination.

    February 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Ruffalo gets top billing in the movie, and he brings some wonderfully lived-in behavioral details to his performance -- the quick, terrier-like movements of the head and the bitten-off sentences.

    February 26, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Spotlight giving center stage to unsung warriors for truth who understood telling the story right, without embellishment, without melodramatic editorial excess, was the greatest victory of them all.

    August 22, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, the story these journalists chased was about how institutional power degrades when it gets taken for granted.

    August 4, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Spotlight is acted and directed with great urgency -- and a little bit of necessary dread.

    June 10, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • What's perhaps most impressive about 'Spotlight' is how they're all complicated people, given the opportunity to gun it, to hesitate, to reach, and to claw.

    May 3, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Spotlight manages the seemingly impossible task of wooing journalists with authenticity while still elevating reporters to hero status, as they battle a formidable and corrupt institution with righteous determination.

    February 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Ruffalo gets top billing in the movie, and he brings some wonderfully lived-in behavioral details to his performance -- the quick, terrier-like movements of the head and the bitten-off sentences.

    February 26, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Spotlight giving center stage to unsung warriors for truth who understood telling the story right, without embellishment, without melodramatic editorial excess, was the greatest victory of them all.

    August 22, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, the story these journalists chased was about how institutional power degrades when it gets taken for granted.

    August 4, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The power the media has to affect change and expose corruption is one that should never be taken for granted. It takes a special movie like Spotlight to bring this back into focus.

    July 30, 2021 | Full Review…
  • No tights or capes, but this is a film about superheroes.

    June 8, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Spotlight

  • Aug 25, 2017
    Horrifying subject. Worse because it's a true story. Good acting. Well made.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2017
    Whilst unevenly paced at times, Spotlight is a haunting film that dives deep into the horrors of the subject matter which it deals with.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Oct 28, 2016
    You may already know the story, but thanks to a great cast this is still a great watch and continues the long time love affair between cinema and journalism.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 03, 2016
    Perfectly executed praise of the power of the press. A stellar cast and flawless direction make for an engaging and highly entertaining result. It doesn't even take major shockers to make this such a satisfying and smart movie. It requires some concentration but is ultimately even more rewarding for it.
    Jens S Super Reviewer

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