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Truth's terrific cast and compelling message are often enough to overcome its occasionally didactic and facile dramatization of a nuanced real-life tale.



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On the morning of September 9, 2004, veteran CBS News producer MARY MAPES (Cate Blanchett) believed she had every reason to feel proud of a broadcast journalism job well done. By the end of the day, Mapes, CBS News, and the venerable CBS News anchor DAN RATHER (Robert Redford) would be under harsh scrutiny. -- (C) Sony


Robert Redford
as Dan Rather
Cate Blanchett
as Mary Mapes
Topher Grace
as Mike Smith
Elisabeth Moss
as Lucy Scott
Dennis Quaid
as Col. Roger Charles
Bruce Greenwood
as Andrew Heyward
David Lyons
as Josh Howard
Toni French
as NY Pedestrian
John Benjamin Hickey
as Mark Wrolstad
Rachael Blake
as Betsy West
Martin Sacks
as Col. Robert Strong
Nicholas Hope
as Marcel Matley
Steve Bastoni
as Gil Schwartz
Suzie Steen
as Reporter
Natalie Saleeba
as Mary Murphy
Aaron Glenane
as Fox News Reporter
Stacy Keach
as Lt. Colonel Bill Burkett
Dermot Mulroney
as Lawrence Lanpher
Noni Hazlehurst
as Nicki Burkett
Connor Burke
as Robert Mapes
Felix Williamson
as Mike Missal
Helmut Bakaitis
as Dick Thornburgh
Lewis Fitz-Gerald
as Louis Boccardi
Philip Quast
as Ben Barnes
Zahra Newman
as Dana Roberson
Elizabeth Nabben
as CNN Reporter
Matt Ruscic
as Burly Security Guard
Jo Turner
as Brig. Gen. Mark Kimitt
Gael Ballantyne
as Receptionist
Tim McCunn
as Scott Johnson
Patrick St. Esprit
as Brig. Gen. Buck Staudt
Chris Mulkey
as Maurice Udell
Louis Herthum
as Bill Hollowell
Rose Riley
as Josh Howard's Assistant
Christopher Stollery
as Reporter Jim Moore
Tom O'Sullivan
as Newscaster
Adam Saunders
as Editor Tom
Nancy Denis
as Woman in Bakery
Eliza Logan
as Emily Will
Marcus Johnson
as Atlanta Anchor
Valerie Bader
as Mrs. Hodges
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Critic Reviews for Truth

All Critics (175) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (109) | Rotten (66)

  • The casting cannot save a slightly ho-hum story that crosses the Atlantic badly.

    Mar 3, 2016 | Rating: 3/5

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Mapes and Rather resent the way that the debate gets bogged down in the documents without focusing on the larger issue, but the film gets bogged down in just the same way.

    Mar 3, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • This is one of Blanchett's best performances on film - and that is saying something. Mapes is both ordinary and heroic here, which will, of course, upset those who think she is just a left-wing hack.

    Dec 9, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, some of the answers in "Truth" are unsatisfying, but it asks important questions, which is one of journalism's chief responsibilities.

    Oct 30, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Condescending, self-righteous and sloppy, Truth is simply a bad film for which there are no excuses.

    Oct 30, 2015 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • "Truth" is ... mesmerizing, entirely because of Blanchett; this is one of those movie-star performances in which every detail, every gesture feels right.

    Oct 29, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Truth

  • Nov 24, 2016
    There are a lot of reasons to dislike TRUTH, but because I believe quality journalism is so integral to a fully functioning society I appreciate this film warrants appreciation. Yes, Dan Rather is sancitifief and that's one of the movie's flaws. But, I chose to focus on the film's take that rushed, sloppy journalism is the result of the broadcast industry's zeal for high ratings and profits. just that quality alone makes this film worthy of your attention. But, if you need another reason... Cate Blanchett's portrayal of producer Mary Mapes is superb. She truly is one of this generation's finest actors.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2016
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2016
    Like other similar films such as Fair Game and Spotlight, this is an intelligent political drama full of revealing nuances and centered on an exquisitely-written dialogue, and it benefits from an excellent ensemble cast, especially Cate Blanchett in an outstanding performance.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2016
    Good execution with energetic storytelling but colored with a sort of self-important and self-aggrandizing air, Truth is a lot like the story the film seeks to explore-compelling but flawed. An examination of the "Rathergate" controversy, Truth follows the 60 minutes team in their coverage of then President Bush's national guard record. Though seemingly well sourced and provocative the team spotlighted a number of memos which later became embroiled in questions of authenticity and questionable origins. In a year of strong journalism-themed films, such as the fantastic Spotlight, Truth has its work cut out for it. The acting is strong, to be sure, and features a terrific performance by Cate Blanchett. Some of the performances, however, were notably self-satisfied-especially that of Robert Redford's Dan Rather. His Rather is a blameless and altruistic fellow with no other motivations than the truth-a very suspect notion. This speaks to my larger problem with the film, it has such a strong bias for the 60 Minute team, that there isn't much sense of humility or nuance. No self-blame, no introspection---just outward blame and self-aggrandizement. In this way the film didn't seem so much like a pursuit of the "Truth" than it was more of an apology piece for those involved. This is not to say that the story did not have merit. Had the film made this point and yet acknowledged its faults, that would have been one thing. Yet the film seems incapable of conceding that, and instead becomes bogged down in a host of liberal clichés and indignation. 3/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer

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