The Report Reviews

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August 5, 2020
The film is relatively hard-hitting in certain ways, but pulls its punches at decisive moments.
February 19, 2020
Driver's lean and tight performance is what keeps the story minimally fueled, even when the movie stalls at its most frustrating passivity.
January 31, 2020
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 17, 2020
Its first half is outright erratic in its pacing and structure, and when the film gets to its meat in the second hour, the ethics often feel too pedantic.
December 23, 2019
It's intelligently made, but Scott Z. Burns' script can give you whiplash as it constantly leapfrogs...when it's almost impossible to get away from current politics, revisiting this other recent historic disaster is a difficult choice.
December 21, 2019
It's a TV drama that provides a great service in telling this story for a wide audience, but it's as by-the-numbers as you can get.
December 13, 2019
The hackneyed script has the effect of lending an unmerited nobility to the politicians and bureaucrats on-screen.
December 10, 2019
Filmmaker Scott Z. Burns delivers a deliberately-paced narrative that could hardly be more dense in terms of information...
December 6, 2019
An inquiry into post 9/11 torture suffers from a tortuous start...
December 6, 2019
More is needed. Burns really grabs you only when the horror becomes vivid...
December 2, 2019
The subject matter is important, the performances are great and Burns does many interesting things with the photography and visual parallels, but all of those elements don't quite combine into an exciting movie nor an honest documentary.
November 22, 2019
For a movie that takes such a clinical and cynical approach... the swelling strings underlining the oratory coming from the floor of the Senate feels false.
November 20, 2019
Burns lacks a sense of urgency, so the movie feels like something that sat on a shelf since 2004.
November 20, 2019
Scott Z. Burns only rarely finds the language intrinsic to film to tell this story in The Report...
November 18, 2019
It's like an illustrated lecture by a stolid history professor, or if you prefer, an extended episode of The West Wing leeched of all the fun.
November 18, 2019
This is an important film, which is sometimes hard to watch - but it does tie itself in narrative knots.
November 16, 2019
With plenty of details about names and places thrown at viewers, the film demands close attention-and coffee.
November 15, 2019
The Report struggles throughout to lend a lasting weight to its straightforward plotting. If you truly wish to know what took place in those sordid locations, there's a 525-page executive summary out there capable of painting a far more detailed picture.
November 15, 2019
Jones spent five years compiling his 6,700-page report, and unfortunately, the movie feels at least this long, with the paper shuffling and screen scrolling occasionally broken up by flashbacks to the CIA black ops sites where the torture is happening.
November 15, 2019
The kindest thing to say about this less-than-riveting 'Report' is that at least they didn't read us the whole thing.
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