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Spotlight (2015)



Critic Consensus: Spotlight gracefully handles the lurid details of its fact-based story while resisting the temptation to lionize its heroes, resulting in a drama that honors the audience as well as its real-life subjects.

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SPOTLIGHT tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world's oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Tom McCarthy, SPOTLIGHT is a tense investigative dramatic-thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times. (C) Open Road

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Mark Ruffalo
as Mike Rezendes
Michael Keaton
as Walter "Robby" Robinson
Rachel McAdams
as Sacha Pfeiffer
Liev Schreiber
as Marty Baron
Brian d'Arcy James
as Matt Carroll
Stanley Tucci
as Mitchell Garabedian
Billy Crudup
as Eric MacLeish
John Slattery
as Ben Bradlee Jr.
Len Cariou
as Cardinal Law
Elena Wohl
as Barbara
Gene Amoroso
as Steve Kurkjian
Jamey Sheridan
as Jim Sullivan
Sharon McFarlane
as Helen Donovan
Doug Murray (II)
as Peter Canellos
Neal Huff
as Phil Saviano
Elena Juatco
as Guest List Woman
Darrin Baker
as Middle Age Priest at St. Peter's
Krista Morin
as Young Reporter
Laurie Murdoch
as Wilson Rogers
Duane Murray
as Hansi Kalkofen
Joe Stapleton
as Older Cop
Laurie Heineman
as Judge Sweeney
Rob De Leeuw
as Herald Reporter Quimby
Gary Galone
as Jack Dunn
Janet Pinnick
as Receptionist
Moira Driscoll
as Woman Interviewee
Maureen Keiller
as Eileen McNamara
Robert B. Kennedy
as Court Clerk Mark
Robert Clarke
as Judge Volterra
David Fraser
as Jon Albano
Bruce Serafin
as Boston Globe Security Guard
Richard O'Rourke
as Ronald Paquin
Michael Countryman
as Richard Gilman
Tim Whalen
as Young Cop
Martin Roach
as Cop in Coffee Shop
Brad Borbridge
as Sports Editor
James LeBlanc
as Patrick McSorley
Paloma Nunez
as Garabedian's Receptionist
Paulette Sinclair
as Receptionist at Judge's Chambers
Nancy Villone
as Maryetta Dussourd
Wendy Merry McCarthy
as Female Editor
Eileen Padua
as Sacha's Grandmother
Brett Cramp
as Middle Aged Man
Tim Progosh
as Principal Bill Kemeza
Neion George
as Waiter at Gala
Paula Barrett
as Jim's Wife
Nancy E. Carroll
as Jane Paquin
Dennis M. Lynch
as Clerk O'Brian
Michele Proude
as Lisa Tuite
Dennis Lynch
as Clerk O'Brian
Mark McGrinder
as Weeping Man
Richard Fitzpatrick
as Rectory Priest
Tom Driscoll
as Disgruntled Man
Jeffrey Samai
as Library Security
Forrest Weber
as Angry Man
Doreen Spencer
as Older Southie Woman
Shannon McDonough
as Receptionist
Shannon Ruth
as Girl at Garabedian's
Daniel Ruth
as Boy at Garabedian's
Timothy Mooney
as Bad Priest
Donna Jahier
as Angry Man's Sister
Edward Brickley
as Red Sox Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Spotlight

All Critics (376) | Top Critics (87)

Spotlight manages the seemingly impossible task of wooing journalists with authenticity while still elevating reporters to hero status, as they battle a formidable and corrupt institution with righteous determination.

February 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Ruffalo gets top billing in the movie, and he brings some wonderfully lived-in behavioral details to his performance -- the quick, terrier-like movements of the head and the bitten-off sentences.

February 26, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Spotlight giving center stage to unsung warriors for truth who understood telling the story right, without embellishment, without melodramatic editorial excess, was the greatest victory of them all.

August 22, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Ultimately, the story these journalists chased was about how institutional power degrades when it gets taken for granted.

August 4, 2016 | Full Review…

Spotlight is acted and directed with great urgency -- and a little bit of necessary dread.

June 10, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

What's perhaps most impressive about 'Spotlight' is how they're all complicated people, given the opportunity to gun it, to hesitate, to reach, and to claw.

May 3, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Spotlight


Horrifying subject. Worse because it's a true story. Good acting. Well made.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Perfectly executed praise of the power of the press. A stellar cast and flawless direction make for an engaging and highly entertaining result. It doesn't even take major shockers to make this such a satisfying and smart movie. It requires some concentration but is ultimately even more rewarding for it.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

The best movie of the year. Everything about this movie is on point, the spotlight shone on the mass abuse and widely hidden scandal of the Catholic Church. A hard hitting drama that is not to be missed!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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