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2015 2.7/5 IMDb 8.1/10 (190k) R SuperHD 128 minutes

A team of reporters and editors at the Boston Globe relentlessly investigate a shocking child molestation cover-up by the Catholic Church.

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Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d'Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, Billy Crudup, Paul Guilfoyle, Jamey Sheridan Directed by Tom McCarthy

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Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
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Don't miss this crackling - and deeply important - film about the power of the press.

Mara Reinstein, Us Weekly, 2015-11-24


Invigorating moviemaking in every way imaginable, "Spotlight" is spot-on.

Adam Graham, Detroit News, 2015-11-20


"Spotlight" isn't quite as good as "All The President's Men," the gold standard of films about journalism. But it's close.

Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2015-11-19


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.

Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, 2015-11-15


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.

James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2015-11-14


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.

Christy Lemire, ChristyLemire.com, 2015-11-14


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.

Matthew Lickona, San Diego Reader, 2015-11-13


Spotlight is a mystery, a thriller and a human interest drama, but mostly it's a love letter to investigative journalism.

Liz Braun, Toronto Sun, 2015-11-13


A remarkably assured and tight retelling of the Boston Globe's investigation into the Catholic Church's legacy of child abuse and cover-ups.

Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail, 2015-11-13


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.

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2015-11-12


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.

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2015-11-12


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.

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2015-11-12


It's one of the best movies I've ever seen about the art and the science of newspaper reporting

Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times, 2015-11-12


You don't need to be a news junkie to admire such sleek, adult entertainment.

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2015-11-12


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.

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2015-11-12


It's a great story about getting the story.

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News, 2015-11-12


The movie finds drama, not in telling the audience what it doesn't know, but in showing us people finding out the scope and dimension of what we already know, and then letting us see them react with shock, horror and a firm sense of purpose.

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2015-11-12


At the beginning of Spotlight, a title card proclaims "based on actual events," a tactic many films use to manufacture authenticity even if it's never earned. Here, it feels absolutely right.

Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com, 2015-11-12


Let's cut to the chase: "Spotlight" is a flat-out great movie.

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2015-11-11


One of the most accurate depictions of journalism put on film, perhaps even the finest example we've seen yet. It's easily one of 2015's best films.

Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News, 2015-11-11

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