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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 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.
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.
This might just be the best newspaper film since All the President's Men in 1976.
Don't miss this crackling - and deeply important - film about the power of the press.
Invigorating moviemaking in every way imaginable, "Spotlight" is spot-on.
"Spotlight" isn't quite as good as "All The President's Men," the gold standard of films about journalism. But it's close.
Spotlight isn't the kind of film that just changes some facts; it's one where the most general plot summary contradicts what happened.
Spotlight is the best kind of newsroom drama in that it doesn't get weighed down by meditations on the virtues of old journalism. Instead, it celebrates the people who changed the world with unglamorous, day-to-day, hard work.
Spotlight provides a couple of hours of intelligent, gripping and moving filmmaking that at once illustrates investigative journalism and celebrates it, reminding the viewer of its importance to society as a whole.
Directed by Tom McCarthy and jointly written with Josh Singer, Spotlight not only demonstrates investigative journalism at its finest, but perhaps more importantly, it shines a spotlight on a previously untouchable story.
A superbly crafted drama that perfectly captures the day-to-day activity in the newsroom and how it can have a lasting effect on the community in which it covers.
Spotlight works as a legal thriller, a newspaper drama, an examination of values we take for granted and of how people survive profound damage. It is, as they say, the full package.
Horrifying subject. Worse because it's a true story.
Good acting. Well made.
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.
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!
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.
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