Spotlight Reviews

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February 28, 2018
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 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.
February 4, 2016
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.
January 31, 2016
How rare is this? A true story so much worth the telling that it needs no embellishment, no sideshow?
January 25, 2016
An extraordinary paean to journalistic endeavour.
January 22, 2016
This might just be the best newspaper film since All the President's Men in 1976.
November 24, 2015
Don't miss this crackling - and deeply important - film about the power of the press.
November 20, 2015
Invigorating moviemaking in every way imaginable, "Spotlight" is spot-on.
November 19, 2015
"Spotlight" isn't quite as good as "All The President's Men," the gold standard of films about journalism. But it's close.
November 15, 2015
This is why Spotlight's moral of humility is so powerful. There are so many things that we don't know, so many assumptions that we don't recognize as such, so many questions that we haven't even thought to ask.
November 14, 2015
If there was a Best Ensemble acting category, the cast of Spotlight would be a frontrunner. The film has no lead actor but there are five or six strong supporting performances.
November 14, 2015
Like the story being reported within the film, Spotlight is simultaneously emotional and clear-eyed. It's an explosive yet necessary piece of journalism in and of itself. And it's easily one of the year's best.
November 13, 2015
A touching ode to the old-fashioned notion that some things simply need reporting; never mind the effort, the expense, or the effect on circulation.
November 13, 2015
Spotlight is a mystery, a thriller and a human interest drama, but mostly it's a love letter to investigative journalism.
November 13, 2015
A remarkably assured and tight retelling of the Boston Globe's investigation into the Catholic Church's legacy of child abuse and cover-ups.
November 12, 2015
It's not a stretch to suggest that "Spotlight" is the finest newspaper movie of its era, joining "Citizen Kane" and "All the President's Men" in the pantheon of classics of the genre.
November 12, 2015
Though "Spotlight" is definitely a reporter-as-hero story (and, along the way, a bittersweet love letter to the kind of investigative journalism that's increasingly disappearing), the film doesn't let its characters off the hook.
November 12, 2015
Inspiring stuff, the stuff of Hollywood all the way back to Frank Capra and before: a story of scrappy underdogs, determined to get to the truth, and toppling the mighty in the process.
November 12, 2015
It's one of the best movies I've ever seen about the art and the science of newspaper reporting
November 12, 2015
Spotlight doesn't wallow in the glory of old-media ethics or lament the ongoing death of newspapers, but the movie quietly celebrates the rigorous standards of journalism that are dissipating in this era of click-baiting and Twitter outrage.
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