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3.5
2,293 Ratings

Spotlight

Directed by Tom McCarthy
United States, 2015
Drama, Biography, Crime

Synopsis

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

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Spotlight Directed by Tom McCarthy

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2016 | 4 nominations including: Best Achievement in Directing

2016 | 2 wins including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

American Film Institute Awards

2016 | Winner: Movie of the Year

Writers Guild of America

2016 | Winner: Best Original Screenplay (Screen)

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

2015 | 6 wins including: Best Film

2015 | 4 nominations including: Best Director

What are people saying?

  • Huey McEvoy's rating of the film Spotlight

    Worthy subject aside, the writing and execution just seem spreadsheeted to attract maximum middlebrow awards attention. Tucci and Schreiber are (unsurprisingly) great, but - and I mean no disrespect - I'm baffled as to why this has attracted so many acting accolades? One positive: I liked the absence of shadows, how every frame was evenly lit, as though there was nowhere to hide.

  • Zac Weber's rating of the film Spotlight

    Felt more like an average TV pilot than All the President's Men. I don't think anyone would deny that this is an "important story to tell" but the entire execution feels flat and artless, and the script provides no depth to the quality cast of actors.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Spotlight

    Essentially an old-school TV procedural: the music is anonymous mood-setting; the visuals are basic; the dialogue is an efficient plot-delivery machine; and the actors don't have characters so much as haircuts, voices, and tics. To be fair, it's an engaging procedural, and McCarthy's sincerity is his biggest appeal. But if Best Picture predictions are right, it's a sign the blurring of TV and film cuts both ways.

  • T. J. Mesen's rating of the film Spotlight

    Paper, words, offices, and medium shots that bring nothing interesting to the table. It's a procedural, it tells a story. The characters lack personalities, merely delivering the words of the investigative process. Their outbursts of emotion placed to bring some excitement to the frame. It's an important topic that merited the investigation, but that on its own doesn't make a great film. "Ah, mediocre!" –Immortan Joe

  • Rafael Zen's rating of the film Spotlight

    When this normcore blockbuster Law and Order extended episode is considered the "best film of the year in american cinema industry" we know that industry is lacking cinema: this is just a OK investigation film to watch with coke-and-popcorn: it lacks several human aspects - dept, emotion, fire: it lacks breathtaking.

  • Dave's rating of the film Spotlight

    Very good in every respect - script, direction, performances, the whole package. Nothing revelatory or particularly innovative in the filmmaking or the storytelling, but the material is so provocative that it's impossible to not react as the investigation unfolds. Very good, though certainly not the best picture of 2015.

  • José Neves's rating of the film Spotlight

    After the files be made public, when Ruffalo, in a taxi in movement, reads a letter that speaks of the violation of seven boys from a family, the camera tracks the vehicle to stop in a father who plays with a child in a playground: it's an image-tabloid, debtor of a spirit of prosaic affectionateness, contrary to a sense of discursive correctness. It's a solid script in an anodyne or wrong film writing.

  • chanandre's rating of the film Spotlight

    Steady, nuanced, grown-up, serious filmmaking. One of the quietest, most subtle & delicate film scores I heard in quite some time (reminds me of early Shore-Cronenberg OST).Heavy topic handled with sober hands: Eastwood-y. Altman-y ensemble spreading understated & stellarly controlled performances.Tucci, Crudup & Slattery are amazing but the square Schreiber-McAdams-Keaton-Ruffalo steals it all (Schreiber's voice<3).