“Spotlight” is a brilliant, well-acted, ensemble film about real-life world-
class journalists. In this case, the investigative unit of The Boston
Globe as they break the clerical sex abuse and cover up scandal
involving the Archdiocese of Boston. Michael Keaton is just right as the
leader of the 2002 “Spotlight” team that includes Mark Ruffalo and
Liev Schreiber is perfectly understated as the newspapers new editor
and his persistence inspires the team to dig deeper into the church and
it’s victims.”Spotlight” is a smart newspaper movie in the grand
tradition of, “All The Presidents Men,” where actors serve a greater
purpose rather than themselves.
“Spotlight” is expertly co-written and directed by Tom McCarthy (“Win
Win,” “The Station Agent”). His latest never travels in cliches, but
rather real people who ask tough questions, and are often moved by
what they uncover.
“Spotlight” is rated R for language, and is not an anti Catholic movie
but an anti-abuse movie. The Globe”s “Spotlight” investigative unit
won a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for their work. McCarthy’s film honors their
process, and is the best film I have seen so far this year.