The Report

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The Report draws on a dark chapter in American history to offer a sober, gripping account of one public servant's crusade for accountability.

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The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate's sweeping study into the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in power sought to keep hidden.

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Critic Reviews for The Report

All Critics (216) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (176) | Rotten (40)

  • This is important storytelling because it also provides specks of hope that sometimes the truth wills itself out when it's given galvanized shoves by those who still give a damn, even in a democracy that's gone to hell.

    February 14, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • A gripping procedural drama that is also a love letter to paperwork.

    February 5, 2020 | Full Review…
  • For a political thriller, The Report is more sad than revelatory, more melancholy than cathartic. Jones's work was not entirely in vain. His revelations of a cover-up, though heavily doctored, eventually were made public.

    January 31, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The Report is a somewhat conflicted movie about a somewhat conflicted piece of American history, but, despite is dryness and occasional roaring off track, the essence is compelling.

    January 25, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This is a very informative movie, and the parallels between that investigation and the current impeachment investigations are revealing. However, this movie is somewhat static and didactic, although it does project moral power.

    January 24, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Given that The Report does sometimes struggle with getting in touch with its humanity, it's great that Driver's excellent lead performance thrives because of its sense of personality.

    January 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Report

  • Jan 01, 2020
    Political junkies, especially liberals, should get their fix from The Report, although a president Obama staffer and CIA appointee get exposed for their misconduct, in this re-telling of how Daniel Jones exposed the United States torture techniques the the Bush era. The movie details the many efforts to thwart Jones efforts during and after his exhaustive investigation. Adam Driver almost makes this a one man show. He portrays Jones as a determined and single focused investigator with no political agenda. Slowly, Driver begins to deliver several diatribes about CIA crimes that come off a bit too politically motivated by the filmmaker. Nonetheless, a solid entry into my list of movies government movies to watch.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2019
    Mostly boring, that said there is something interesting in the movie's inert drama. Some of the worst things America has ever done where implemented by dispassionate mid level bureaucrats so it makes sense to go after them in the same way.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 03, 2019
    I always seem to be fascinated by true stories that make it into a feature film, that were otherwise hidden until then, but I also wonder how true it really is, given the fact that these stories were kept a secret. That aside, regardless of the source material, I always go into movies like The Report with an open mind and try not to nitpick facts that probably aren't completely true. Put together in the same vein as movies like The Social Network or Molly's Game, the pacing of this movie is off the charts. While it's absolutely an imperfect movie in retrospect, this is a solid watch and here's why.  After the horrific day known as 9/11 had passed, Daniel Jones (Adam Driver) was recruited to helm an investigation into the CIA's secretive ways of interrogating individuals. Some of the findings were disgusting and thus sparked the need to get this story in the public eye. While I don't believe all stories like this need attention, I believe this one warranted a film adaptation. The material at hand and the nicely paced editing by Greg O'Bryant were the standout elements here because the wasn't always interesting enough to hold my attention. The Report is a film that spews tons and tons of information on its audience. There are scenes where I found myself completely invested and others where I was slightly bored. Not to say the movie as a whole is boring, but I didn't think there were enough surprises to really make this movie hit home. From the editing to the quippy dialogue, it just felt like a movie that had the potential to be a great film like The Social Network, but it just didn't go the extra mile. Still, this is a solid film with some great performances.  Adam Driver seems to get better and better as the years go on and The Report is no exception to that. This performance shows his immense maturity as an actor and I truly do see a future where he wins an Academy Award one day. It also didn't hurt that he has a lot of great dialogue to work from, written by Scott Z. Burns. From The Bourne Ultimatum to Contagion, I have really liked his work thus far (excluding The Laundromat). This movie was a nice mixture of a lot of good, that just didn't quite become great in many areas. In the end, The Report could've been a movie that received a lot of awards consideration, but I think the novels written about these behind-the-scenes events will probably be more informative. This movie feels more like a briefing, rather than an in-depth exploration. The movie has been made and I wouldn't touch it, but I think it could've worked much better as a television series. I can't exactly rave about the movie as a whole, but it's worth watching for the story alone.
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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