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

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 95
    Alonso DuraldeTheWrap

    Spotlight is that rare journalistic procedural that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as “All the President’s Men,” and while the movie never glamorizes or makes saints of its hard-working newsgatherers, it does stand as a reminder of the power and importance of a free press, particularly in ferreting out local corruption and malfeasance. show more

  • 60
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    This material cant help but be interesting, even compelling up to a point, but its prosaic presentation suggests that the story's full potential, encompassing deep, disturbing and enduring pain on all sides of the issue, has only begun to be touched. show more

  • 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

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