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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.



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SPOTLIGHT tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world's oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Tom McCarthy, SPOTLIGHT is a tense investigative dramatic-thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times. (C) Open Road

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Mark Ruffalo
as Mike Rezendes
Michael Keaton
as Walter "Robby" Robinson
Rachel McAdams
as Sacha Pfeiffer
Liev Schreiber
as Marty Baron
Brian d'Arcy James
as Matt Carroll
Stanley Tucci
as Mitchell Garabedian
Billy Crudup
as Eric MacLeish
John Slattery
as Ben Bradlee Jr.
Len Cariou
as Cardinal Law
Elena Wohl
as Barbara
Gene Amoroso
as Steve Kurkjian
Jamey Sheridan
as Jim Sullivan
Sharon McFarlane
as Helen Donovan
Doug Murray (II)
as Peter Canellos
Neal Huff
as Phil Saviano
Elena Juatco
as Guest List Woman
Darrin Baker
as Middle Age Priest at St. Peter's
Krista Morin
as Young Reporter
Laurie Murdoch
as Wilson Rogers
Duane Murray
as Hansi Kalkofen
Joe Stapleton
as Older Cop
Laurie Heineman
as Judge Sweeney
Rob De Leeuw
as Herald Reporter Quimby
Gary Galone
as Jack Dunn
Janet Pinnick
as Receptionist
Moira Driscoll
as Woman Interviewee
Maureen Keiller
as Eileen McNamara
Robert B. Kennedy
as Court Clerk Mark
Robert Clarke
as Judge Volterra
David Fraser
as Jon Albano
Bruce Serafin
as Boston Globe Security Guard
Richard O'Rourke
as Ronald Paquin
Michael Countryman
as Richard Gilman
Tim Whalen
as Young Cop
Martin Roach
as Cop in Coffee Shop
Brad Borbridge
as Sports Editor
James LeBlanc
as Patrick McSorley
Paloma Nunez
as Garabedian's Receptionist
Paulette Sinclair
as Receptionist at Judge's Chambers
Nancy Villone
as Maryetta Dussourd
Wendy Merry McCarthy
as Female Editor
Eileen Padua
as Sacha's Grandmother
Brett Cramp
as Middle Aged Man
Tim Progosh
as Principal Bill Kemeza
Neion George
as Waiter at Gala
Nancy Carroll
as Jane Paquin
Paula Barrett
as Jim's Wife
Nancy E. Carroll
as Jane Paquin
Dennis M. Lynch
as Clerk O'Brian
Michele Proude
as Lisa Tuite
Dennis Lynch
as Clerk O'Brian
Mark McGrinder
as Weeping Man
Richard Fitzpatrick
as Rectory Priest
Tom Driscoll
as Disgruntled Man
Jeffrey Samai
as Library Security
Forrest Weber
as Angry Man
Doreen Spencer
as Older Southie Woman
Shannon McDonough
as Receptionist
Shannon Ruth
as Girl at Garabedian's
Daniel Ruth
as Boy at Garabedian's
Timothy Mooney
as Bad Priest
Donna Jahier
as Angry Man's Sister
Edward Brickley
as Red Sox Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Spotlight

All Critics (354) | Top Critics (55)

  • 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.

    Feb 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.

    Feb 26, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • This is the story of the Pulitzer prize-winning team of Boston Globe journalists who early in 2002 lifted the lid on a clerical abuse epidemic in the Boston archdiocese.

    Feb 4, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • How rare is this? A true story so much worth the telling that it needs no embellishment, no sideshow?

    Jan 31, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • An extraordinary paean to journalistic endeavour.

    Jan 25, 2016 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • This might just be the best newspaper film since All the President's Men in 1976.

    Jan 22, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Spotlight

Horrifying subject. Worse because it's a true story. Good acting. Well made.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

The best movie of the year. Everything about this movie is on point, the spotlight shone on the mass abuse and widely hidden scandal of the Catholic Church. A hard hitting drama that is not to be missed!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

The Boston Globe's special investigators track down the Catholic Church's cover-ups of allegations of priest sexual abuse. Sparse and tense, Spotlight is a rather uncomplicated film about people doing their jobs well. Director Tom McCarthy must have studied All the President's Men because the same themes and terse narrative style reverberate in both films. Although Mark Ruffalo may have gotten the mannerisms and movements of his character down pat, there isn't a flashy or extraordinary performance; the actors, like the film, are just compellingly solid. Overall, this film is a deserving winner for Best Picture even if it doesn't have the extraordinary sequences of The Revenant.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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