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Spotlight Reviews

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January 26, 2018
Takes the research, analysis, interviews, red tape, dead ends and backroom politics of investigative journalism and turns it into an art form.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 10, 2018
Spotlight is not a film about triumph, unlike most movies about the revelation of an ugly truth; it is a film that recognizes triumph as being just a step on the way to the next battle.
December 3, 2017
Spotlight serves as a genuine reminder to all journalists (whether they are doing actual important research or just writing about entertainment) that the effort and quality of their work should be the primary focus
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 20, 2017
Journalism is the hero here and this film is a compelling, impassioned and nostalgic glimpse of the work and time it requires.
October 25, 2017
British audiences need to know is that it's very American, emotionally tough going and, at times, rather difficult to follow. But none of this stops it being an important film -- and a pretty good one too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 11, 2017
Hands down the best movie I've seen at TIFF, Spotlight is a phenomenal film, absolutely pitch perfect from start to finish.
October 10, 2017
Less compelling in its moralizing, Spotlight is propelled by the dictates of the procedural genre, which director Tom McCarthy nails with reportorial efficiency.
September 21, 2017
There is no "I" in team, but we need to start spotlighting the reality that, more often than not, it requires coordinated effort to achieve massive aims. Now that's the whole truth and nothing but.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 21, 2017
Equal parts engaging, emotional and enlightening. It just shows the importance of a great script and even better storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 12, 2017
If there is any heroism in Spotlight then it's a very humble one: the heroism of getting the facts right, which seems, today, almost too much to ask of mainstream newspapers.
August 21, 2017
The true standout is [Mark] Ruffalo, building on his work in Zodiac and making a forceful case for pavement-pounding reporting in a world that favors infotainment over journalism that can lead to justice and reform.
August 15, 2017
Scenes of these newspaper men and women pounding on people's doors, working their sources, alternately cajoling and threatening to get to the bottom of the story becomes strangely thrilling.
June 20, 2017
Director Tom McCarthy, who also co-wrote the script, knows exactly what he's doing. Even his throw-aways make a point.
June 13, 2017
The fact-based film is an engrossing, relevant, finely underplayed, and ultimately heartbreaking crime mystery.
March 23, 2017
The shocking truths that are slowly and painfully revealed throughout the course of the movie make for some pretty suspenseful viewing.
February 26, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 26, 2017
The other great thing about Spotlight is that it never shouts out its message. McCarthy employs the secret every good reporter knows: Let the facts speak for themselves, and they will make your story worth the audience's time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 24, 2017
By simply presenting a true story in its most raw form, it ends up being an entirely believable portrayal of one of the most important cases of the past 20 years.
January 13, 2017
It's as a scrupulous whole that Spotlight truly shines as one of the year's finest and most compelling dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 13, 2017
Spotlight is a gripping drama able to stand alongside Alan J. Pakula's All the President's Men and a welcome return to form for director Tom McCarthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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