Spotlight

Docudrama | English | 129 minutes

Info
On January 6, 2002, the Boston Globe had a first page headline that shocked the city, “Church Allowed Abuse by Priest for Years.” Writer/director Tom McCarthy’s superb Spotlight is the story of the investigation by determined journalists seeking the truth about a very painful scandal. One of the Spotlight members, Michael Rezendes, meets a lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, in his cluttered office. Litigating against a politically powerful church Garabedian has unsuccessfully defended children who have been abused by priests. Garabedian feeds Michael  disturbing information about the abuses and the coverup  by the Catholic Church. At first the team focused on one former priest, John J. Geoghan. But the new editor, Marty Baron, is not satisfied with pursuing one “bad apple.” He believes this abuse is endemic in the Catholic Church in Boston. He orders his staff to investigate the entire Catholic diocese. In the end,  Cardinal Bernard Law, the Archbishop of Boston, was forced to step down in disgrace, saying, “To all those who have suffered from my shortcomings and mistakes I both apologize and from them beg forgiveness.”
Cast
Mark Ruffalo (Michael Rezendes) / Liev Schreiber (Marty Baron) / Stanley Tucci (Mitchell Garabedian) / Len Cariou (Cardinal Bernard Law, Archbishop of Boston)
Why Stream This Film?
Spotlight is an engrossing, detailed account of the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the widespread pedophilia scandals in the Catholic Church. The scandal, once revealed, not only traumatized the victims but  horrified Catholics everywhere.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 97%
  • Metacritic Score: 93
Accolades
  • Academy Awards: Winner, Best Motion Picture; Best Screenplay (Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy)
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards: Winner, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: Winner, Best Picture; Best Screenplay (Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy)
  • National Society of Film Critics Awards: Winner, Best Screenplay (Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy)
  • Writers Guild of America, USA: Winner, Best Original Screenplay (Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy)
SPOTLIGHT derives its power from the steady accumulation of moments that gain momentum and meaning as they accrue. For all its modesty and dedication, SPOTLIGHT winds up being a startlingly emotional experience.
Ann Hornaday

The Washington Post

SPOTLIGHT is a gripping detective story and a superlative newsroom drama, a solid procedural that tries to confront evil without sensationalism. The film focuses on both the human particulars and the larger political contours of the scandal and its uncovering. Everything in this film works.
A.O. Scott

The New York Times

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