• Spotlight (2015)


Release Date: November 6th, 2015

DVD Release Date: May 30th, 2016

R |2 hr 8 min

Plot Summary

In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by editor Walter "Robby" Robinson (Michael Keaton), reporters Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Matt Carroll and Sacha Pfeiffer interview victims and try to unseal sensitive documents. The reporters make it their mission to provide proof of a cover-up of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church.

Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d'Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, Billy Crudup

Director: Thomas McCarthy

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Anonymous Content, Rocklin/Faust

Distributors: Open Road

Keywords: Investigation , Mystery , Quest , Emotional , Car , Intense , 2000s , Office , Brooding ,

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    A polished, engrossing procedural, Spotlight offers plenty of old-fashioned pleasures — chiefly, the sight of smart, scrappy muckraking journalists stopping at nothing to uncover systematic corruption. show more

  • 100
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 100
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    To turn a spotlight fittingly on Spotlight, it’s the year’s best movie so far, and a rarity among countless dramatizations that claim to be based on actual events. In this one the events ring consistently — and dramatically — true. show more

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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2016)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Nominated Film Editing
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2016)
Winner Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Winner Best Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Writing (Original Screenplay)