The Report Reviews

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December 13, 2019
The hackneyed script has the effect of lending an unmerited nobility to the politicians and bureaucrats on-screen.
December 6, 2019
Director Scott Z Burns captures the events in a cold, rigorously factual, and largely dispassionate manner. But that's the point.
November 25, 2019
The film, written and directed by Scott Z. Burns, takes its cue from the stern dedication of its hero; the result feels pressurized, disheartening, and fraught.
November 19, 2019
A film as thought-provoking as this should pack more thrills; the majority of the suspense is generated from Driver's countenance, not Burns' ability to captivate an audience.
November 19, 2019
This velocity, along with the performances, helps turn a movie that's essentially about a 6,700-page report (eventually boiled down to 525) into riveting storytelling.
November 18, 2019
"The Report" leaves you feeling exhausted and defeated, but that's its intent. Mission accomplished.
November 15, 2019
"The Report" diligently abides by the logical proposition that no end justifies premeditated immoral means as it scrutinizes how the CIA succumbed to post-9/11 paranoia and authorized sadistic abuses in the name of freedom.
November 15, 2019
If only anything committed to screen here were memorable.
November 15, 2019
The Report is a cool, dry look at the facts.
November 15, 2019
It's an unimpeachable cast doing solid work with weighty material. If only the film as a whole weren't so deadly dull.
November 15, 2019
Powered above all by Driver's mournful integrity, The Report is workmanlike, treats us like adults, and does everything it's doing pretty well.
November 14, 2019
Burns has clearly thought long and hard about how to open our eyes, but maybe not enough about how to keep them that way.
November 14, 2019
For all the ways Burns has condensed a mountain of information into an efficient narrative, it's still essentially a timeline talkathon with only a passing resemblance to the tactile, human '70s political thrillers it aspires to resemble.
November 14, 2019
The elements of "The Report" sound like they have all the spine-tingling thrills of a Sunday school class, but the movie is scintillating because writer/director Scott Z. Burns gives his drama the feel of '70s paranoid thrillers...
November 14, 2019
The Report tackles a serious topic and turns it into a rather heavy-handed movie, one that nearly buckles under the weight of its own self-importance.
November 14, 2019
Ultimately, the film is a character study as much as anything else -- focused, obviously, on Americans, not on the actual victims of torture. Burns has been lucky in his actors, starting with Driver, whose performance is one long slow burn.
November 14, 2019
In what's shaping up as the year of Adam Driver, the 'Marriage Story' star continues his hot streak with a smart, compelling thriller about the Senate investigator who nailed the government for bypassing the law to torture Al Qaeda detainees.
November 13, 2019
It's less like a drama than a workshop for one.
November 13, 2019
No attempt is made to explore Jones' psyche. We never see him at home, with family or with friends. We barely even see him outside... Still, with a controlled intensity that gradually increases, Driver makes it work.
November 13, 2019
It's never a good sign when the most dramatic scene in a movie owes its power to C-SPAN footage.
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