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).
Quelle que soit la nécessité impérieuse de dénoncer les ignominieuses turpitudes de ces malfaisants "hommes en noir" qui conduiront à décerner le fameux Prix Pulitzer aux journalistes, on est loin de partager l'enthousiasme dithyrambique pour l'adaptation cinématographique qui ne commet qu'un bon film, sobre, méticuleux et quelquefois même pesant, tout juste formaté pour les traditionnels Oscars. www.cinefiches.com
Just to remember it: The best picture Oscar nominees 2016 were: The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room, Spotlight. You may ask yourself whether or not Spotlight was the right choice. Definitely it's one of the finest newspaper movies. However I can't refrain to compare it with "All The President's Men". I guess the magic of Hoffman & Redford makes the difference.
You might call this film manipulative and tabloid-like, but I believe it truly and honestly expresses something that should resonate within everyone, especially within those who were raised Catholics. The "it could have been me or anyone" feeling the whole story conveys really got to me. The movie inspired anger, fear, further loss of faith and even relief a priest didn't look at me at a time I couldn't have said no.