Church as an institution makes me sick very often but i got my own relationship with God. And watching this movie i tried enough to distant myself from the sensitive issues and to look close on what it means journalism in pure form. Those dedicated people won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service for the Spotlight reportin team's articles on the church sex abuse cover-up. The cast was very well assambled. 8.5/10
Cinematically it may lack -as is the case wth the Hollywood canon- stylistic innovation. Yet in terms of the benchmark it sets for itself it delivers a nicely scripted story based on actual events and manages to dive into the abyss of child sexual abuse without maudlin or didactic intentions. With a great Ketaon the acting of the entire ensemble is up to the task in this film of interiors (spatial and psychological).
While I have my issues with the general aesthetics of Spotlight, that often looks and sounds more like a TV show than a film, the script is so slick and tight that that almost doesn't matter. A well-oiled machine telling an important story in a competent and engaging way, through compelling fast-talk dialogue and some excellent, albeit sometimes scenery chewing, performances.
The characters - a bunch of papercut figures - do nothing else but delivering information on the case against the church, and their moral center - Mark Ruffallo - does nothing but the "good man's horrified expression in face of unnamable evil" for the whole length of this waste of time.
Quite low-key and formulaic, yet gripping because of the gravity of the story unfolding, exposing the sins of institutionalized religion (yet not disrespecting faith itself). Would have been stronger if it engaged the psychology of the perpetrators more (for example, the molester who was raped interviewed by Sasha, was not really followed-up on).