Spotlight (2015) - Crime, Drama

Hohum Score

6

Engaging

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

IMDB: 8.1
Director: Tom McCarthy
Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton
Length: 129 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 64 out of 495 found boring (12.92%)

One-line Reviews (398)

I highly recommend this film, it's really worth watching.

The movie did felt slow at times.

" It's truly riveting stuff.

One of the elements that was really intriguing is how long it actually takes for this team to compile this particular story.

This film, directed and written by Tom McCarthy and co-written by Josh Singer, follows an engrossing retelling of the Boston Globe and their attempt to expose a massive scandal in 2001 that shocked the entire nation as well as the Catholic Church to its core.

I'm a Buddhist, but I admit this can be the sad truth in any religion, because people are so weird and unpredictable.

What most journalistic movies have in common is a large number of characters and a lengthy chain of events which make the story really difficult to follow.

Spotlight is a good movie , more in my opinion was not the best film of nominees for the Oscar 2016 , the cast is amazing , Michael Keaton this excellent , every film he ta better at acting, Rachel McAdams , this and always , Mark Rufallo this very well also , so that was nominated for best Coadjvante actor , the cast still has Liev Schreiber , John Slattery , Stanley Tucci and etc , the script is very good, so much that won the Oscar, the trail is good , I found the weak pace , the dialogues are good , the film has good moments , some are kind of boring , and some actors are quite uninteresting , Spotlight is a good film, deserved to be nominated for an Oscar, more in my opinion does not deserve to win , most of course are my opinion , since the film was a critical success .

Stunning film about a vile case of abuse and its cover-up .

Spotlight absolutely delivers as an engaging drama, a loud advocate of free speech and a relentless call for criminal justice everywhere.

The stunning list of scandal localities at the end of the movie demonstrates just how vast this odious practice spread.

What is most fascinating about the movie is that it focuses on the investigative aspects – just how diligent the reporters were in putting the story together – and how fluid the process was … the story led them, not vice versa.

Though touching in parts, this movie is well written, well acted BOREDOM.

Though there's not much flair and 'Spotlight (2015)' feels far too long, this true-story conspiracy uncovering is a pretty compelling and rather raw affair compounded by a consistent sense of realism and several superb central performances.

Speaking of the screenplay, there's an abundance of name-dropping in the film and that can get pretty confusing, (there's even a moment where they kept referring to Law, and I didn't know it was the name of a Cardinal).

The story is so compelling that I was very glad I had seen it, though a crispness of approach from the beginning, establishing characters from the get-go, would have made the movie even better.

No matter how close to the truth the story is, the fact is that everything is perfectly compelling.

It is engaging, powerful, compelling, and thought provoking.

Michael Keaton is compelling as the guy who grew up in Boston, attended Boston College and became one of the boys on the golf course hobnobbing with lawyers and journalists.

Riveting, considered film-making people don't see so much of these days .

I fell asleep around an hour into the film and woke up towards the end.

First of all, it may be boring if you aren't interested in the actual story.

After it was finished, I spent an hour on Google absorbing the real story.

slow paced .

the riveting, frighteningly accurate story about the cover-up and exposure of the pedophilia scandal that nearly destroyed the Catholic Church during the 2000's.

It is deeply engrossing and gripping from the start, and utterly thought- provoking that it will likely lead to serious discussions after viewing.

These films seldom feel boring and the same goes for Spotlight.

The story is compelling, the acting is unnoticeable, and the script seems to flow the way a real conversation would.

One of the finest movie of 2015, The Spotlight is an engrossing movie which unfolds the true story of how the Boston Globe newspaper uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

The key to Spotlight being so compelling is to draw the viewer in the same way the reporters do: the stakes here are so high.

Meanwhile, Mark Ruffalo does a great job at being both a younger journalist and a likable one; not a smug nor self-serious jokester who ostensibly stumbled into the job as generic Hollywood roles would traditionally have it, Rachel McAdams delivers some of the strongest and most compelling work of her career thanks to her realistic portrayal of her character, and the same goes for Brian d'Arcy James.

That would be the writing, separating itself from the majority of Biopics and Dramas on the market that are sloppy, predictable and quite frankly a mess.

Other strengths are the way it's filmed, it's very atmospheric and evocative in its detail and the cinematography is gritty and ravishing.

It made the movie that much more riveting.

It brings you into a compelling story, well acted by a great cast that did great things together.

A little bit on the boring side in its 2 hours 7 minutes duration.

Strong Subject - Good direction - but no story whatsoever .

Compelling Subject, Average Film .

Brace yourselves for one of the most intense and dismaying films of 2015.

And since the drama is mostly formed by dialogues, a boring movie is what audience expect from this genre.

So in the end, Spotlight is just an amazing movie and manages to remain entertaining for the entire 2 hour runtime.

Most biographical movies tell the story we know, which can be boring.

The thing that most people will be likely to remember is that the vents are gripping, forcing the audience to be glued to the screen.

The whole exercise had the look and feel everyone involved wanted to leave a little part of themselves (for all the best reasons!

Spotlight is an amazing film, and immersive experience, with an outstanding score to elevate things even more, a killer cast with killer performances and a screenplay that never lets you go, even when you leave the theater.

So I just found it totally uninteresting and I had problems to even understand those many persons and their part in the movie.

Enjoyable!

Every detail of this process is done with excellent pace, disclosing every bit of information that is hidden by vulnerable people and giving intriguing arguments on how everyone will be ready to hear this story.

), I may have enjoyed it more.

This is the case of "Spotlight", I have realized what is that element that I admit would have been very hard to integrate and could have easily interrupted the beautiful flow the movie has, yet it's the element that if handled well, I believe, could have made the film as harrowing and riveting as it could possibly be.

A gripping newsroom drama .

The same man who brought us The Cobbler last year has certainly made major amends with this compelling drama that tells the true story of the revelation that shook the Catholic Church to its core.

The acting is bland, bland, bland, details hard to follow and no suspense, or conclusion.

Part of the reason why it's so engaging is because of how crazy the story is.

Direction was great but the overall biggest and most compelling aspect as the acting.

This Open Road Films release rings true because Josh Singer's screenplay is tight and engrossing.

I am sick and tired of movies that use the infinitely compelling and tragic topic of child molestation to gather interest, and then the movie does not deliver the goods.

Very genuine but boring movie .

The best thing about 'Spotlight' is that it is an ode to slow journalism, to investigative reporting, and to old fashioned printed newspapers, in a time when the internet seems to reduce news to short, fast items that are a dime a dozen.

In the end I am happy that I took the time to watch this, it was very informative and has educated me greatly on the situation and made me think about a lot of things, not regarding my faith, it is still as strong as ever, but regarding the Roman Catholic Church and its hierarchy etc. Anyway, I'm going to stop talking, give it a watch, be informed and enjoy every minute of this chilling, compelling and informative thriller/drama.

Slick direction keeps things engrossing, smart writing made it engaging and an amazing cast is just entertaining.

We are treated to Mark Ruffalo running to the office (deep, riveting stuff).

The movie is riveting, though we know the outcome.

With this in mind, I felt the camerawork, although not bad, was boring and lifeless at times.

Brilliantly acted, directed, and written, I just found this riveting and important film to be truly exceptional.

The camera work was really boring as well.

The way they handled the source material is also very well done I think and it's a very compelling and moving story.

Having just caught up with it and watched it twice in a row, I can report that this is an excellent piece of film-making: dark, harrowing, and grimly realistic, but also thoroughly entertaining with it.

I give it a 9/10 because it was really good and definitely worth watching.

If you want to see a gripping, moving, and emotional true story, go see Spotlight, which sheds light on the darkest parts of the shameful, hidden Catholic church's behavior.

The movie was very interesting and introduced the subject in a very thrilling way in a subject that may seem "how would they make a great movie from that?

In fact, I found the movie boring at times.

This is a stunning film about the power of a small group of urban reporters to uncover wrongdoing by one of the oldest and far-reaching institutions in the world: The Roman Catholic Church.

The tight paced direction, the great music score, and the brilliant ensemble acting by Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery – and especially Mark Ruffalo – have all made this a film well worth watching.

Breathtaking experience .

At two hours and eight minutes, "spotlight" dragged on as if it was 2 months and 8 days.

This film is directed and written brilliantly, it works well to show us the power of modern journalism and investigation, it is shocking of how a story of one offending priest turned into dozens and the seriousness of hiding these facts from the public, it is utterly engrossing from start to finish, a must see biographical drama.

During one sequence, Shore propels a bed of rapidly edited investigative research images with an intense underscore, at the same time leaving me wanting to revisit the sound track just to enjoy the musicality.

The intriguing part of the film Spotlight is that it truly helps you understand the barriers these journalists faced just to get to the truth.

There isn't any action, but at running time 2 h it is very engaging and involving.

Great actors that did an amazing job, fascinating plot that really drives you in and get you invested, it's beautifully shot and really gives the movie its feel.

The dialogue is crisp and very intelligent, and the pacing is breathtaking.

Vatican Radio, official radio service of the Holy See, called it "honest" and "compelling" and said it helped the Catholic Church "to accept fully the sin, to admit it publicly, and to pay all the consequences.

It has also given us Spotlight, the gripping new film to hit theaters about the investigative journalism at The Boston Globe that uncovered the world-wide pedophilic scandal within the Catholic Church.

The film just lets it all engaging than just a series of information.

If anyone is thinking of watching Spotlight and has not done so yet, I highly recommend it.

By most standards, this would all be unbearably dull.

Honestly, I didn't enjoy this movie, I didn't hate this movie, it is very very average, I am rushing this because I don't want to right about it, but I am, but god, it's so average, nothing happens.

For me the direction was really dull and this looked like it could have been made for TV.

But equally, you could say it's passionate and intense, what makes a role like this work.

It is exciting to watch and feel a part of in real time.

I thought it was way too long and too slow to keep the viewer interested.

But Spotlight is absorbing cinema, that shocks to the core, never succumbing to the usual clichés, is dramatic and riveting without ever patronising its audience.

It lets this riveting story unfold in such a way that lets you basically relieve the story as if it was happening right now.

Stunning and a rousing vote for investigative journalism .

Amazing acting, wonderful cast and a truly breathtaking story that no matter how inconvenient it might be, it was 100% true.

It provides you with many of the facts and information regarding the allegations and mixes that in with a very interesting and entertaining story and film.

Spotlight is fascinating.

Many other Directors would make a film that felt dramatically contrived, even though these events really did happen.

"All The President's Men" remains the finest example of newspaper reporting cinema, engaging us with fine performances, a magnificent script, and some of the exciting directing choices for this type of film.

A compelling investigative journalism drama with notable performances .

It also features an incredible ensemble cast who, although not given much to do individually, work great together in service of a very compelling (and saddening) story.

The breathless, tense, highly intense performances from a top-notch, fully absorbed, and wholly dedicated all-star cast are almost tangible from the cushy upholstery of out theater seats.

Very boring movie .

But still, "Spotlight" is a compelling and straightforward picture which addresses an important story.

An interesting and compelling investigative drama that uncovers a scandal of abuse and power that involves moral and hierarchy authority.

Spotlight is riveting and fun, giving the audience a well-deserved break from sloppy, boring dramas that critics seem to lap up without the slightest consideration as to how good the film actually is.

I was on the edge of my seat and even after the movie ended I couldn't move for a while.

Such moments seemed forced and straight out of the cliché book.

The Spotlight team quartet is headed by Walter "Robby" Robinson (Keaton), with Michael Rezendes (Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (McAdams) and Matt Carroll (James), the investigative process is formulaic and daunting, indefatigably following the leads until one gets what he wants, or better, a new discovery.

Finally, the movies score, composed by the ever brilliant Howard Shore, is both energetic and intense, keeping the audience's senses in tune with whats happening in each scene.

This film is on the same level as when 'The Artist' won Oscar - another overrated boring film (probably forgotten by most people by now; as much as I can enjoy black and white films) - which just simply won more for the IDEA than the quality of the film.

The resulting scene had me on the edge of my seat.

Tom McCarthy's directorial decisions seem to be based mostly on capturing the actors instead of making the film more engrossing.

Engrossing Procedural Drama on the Catholic Abuse Scandal .

But I can easily overlook all of this films flaws because of how intense this story is.

'Spotlight's' dramatic importance has immediately drawn the attention of film lovers who crave a riveting production that dives deep into a very real circumstance that has impacted every corner of the globe.

Worst move of 2015 Revenant to second worst movie of 2015 Spotlight.

Great films create a compelling connection to the actors and characters.

I found those scenes to be, a bit too controversy and turn-offish to be, worth watching.

The story development is just spectacular, the way the elements come together, the mystery behind the Geoghan case and many other situations of pederasty all over the world are intriguing and, dare to say it, mysterious, this was real terror, and it happened in real life.

An ode to slow journalism .

Ruffalo is passionate and intense as Mike Rezendes whereas Keaton is more reserved and calm as Will Robby Robinson.

The movie is really intriguing because the focus is mostly on the research carried about by the five people of the Spotlight section in the Boston Globe.

Keaton, proves after his pretentious role in the unfortunately acclaimed "Birdman," that he can still really act.

The film makes for compelling viewing and once your hooked, it's difficult to take your eyes off the screen until the film is over.

Gripping and compelling to watch, sad in it's outcome ultimately .

I say this with some regret, because prior to having seen this film, I was convinced that no film could surpass the quality of Mad Max: Fury Road, and much of the films deemed as "Oscar bait" were little more than senseless, boring, over-acted, and rudely political dramas.

Spotlight is the name given to the investigative section of the Globe comprised of four reporters that take their time to research an important issue and build a compelling story.

Powerful and Lacking Ever in a Dull Moment .

With limited to no use of special effects, Spotlight utilizes the strength of its narrative and characters consuming audience members to become part of the story creating this unexpected performance.

The rest of the team, which includes Mark Ruffalo as an eager reporter, and Rachel McAdams as a bland one - begin digging for clues and interviewing victims of the Priests around town.

"This movie is stunning.

However, towards the end of the second act, the film begins to go a bit slower, and feels overlong.

The film tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigative team that shook the city to its core and created a crisis in one of the world's oldest and most-trusted institutions.

everything about this film is compelling and is sure to glue your eyes to that TV screen (or what ever device you happen to watch on).

Michael Keaton is fantastic in this film and the performance he delivers is absolutely breathtaking with his snarky remarks and straight forward attitude.

This may not be the right film for people who don't find a full talking film very appealing, but it is very compelling, and eye opening that does not make it dull at all.

Very boring movie I didn't enjoy while watching this movie, unfortunately i disappointed of this movie

There are still outfits like Spotlight who work silently and make big waves when the time comes yet as paper media dies a slow death, these teams are asked to do twice as much with three times less.

So, that all said, this movie might be slow to most people (hell, they showed the extent of the "inter-net" back in 2001 with a full billboard in the Boston Globe's own parking lot for AOL) but to me, to see real people doing real journalism was and always will be fascinating to me.

Aesthetic-wise, director Thomas McCarthy intelligently crafted a fine dialogue-laden picture with tense situations and compelling details.

Now, the movie itself is astonishing in it's slow first 15 minutes then we all sat up and were gripped for the next 2 hours.

Clean, efficient, and boring .

Excellent and Exciting Film in the Tradition of "All the President's Men" .

Too slow to be good, just fine to watch once .

Everybody on A+ game, Ruffalo being a very good highlight, yet for me, Tucci in the first place rises above all other, but even more so: Liev Schreiber is stunning.

Even if you are aware of the scandal and the churches knowledge of the scandal, seeing the investigative reporting background of the whole story is fascinating.

A riveting and educating movie .

I mean characters that are well rounded and engaging in some way.

The cast of the movie had a natural and engaging delivery.

The content, acting and unbeatable script merge to make a dreadfully compelling story, one that doesn't scrimp or exaggerate its material to avoid hurting particular factions.

I think that the film is sustained only by two elements, which at least are strong enough to make it enjoyable: the story and the cast.

You can definitely notice Singer has previously worked on lots of Crime TV series, as the script unravels in very thrilling, climatic way it usually happens in Crime TV shows.

Fortunately, the film does build, and the more the story unfolds, the more gripping it becomes, and seemingly, Tom McCarthy's direction improves, too.

The information this film delivers -- all in densely scripted dialogue and brisk, compelling scenes -- would fill a comprehensive study.

Visually, this probably wasn't as impressive as another Best Picture nominee-The Revenant, for instance-but it was riveting enough dramatically, otherwise, for me and perhaps for my friend, as well.

And Michael Keaton and Liev Schreiber show us the people who finally try to cha(lle)nge something that was neglected for way too long and go all-in while doing it.

Spotlight depicts, in breathtaking detail, the work carried out by Robinson and his team to uncover the truth and to obtain the required evidence.

The drama here comes from the detail, and the reporters' slow realisation that their investigation could change the world far beyond Boston's city limits.

This understatement includes a slow narrative, a crisp factual script with little melodrama, actor authenticity with none of the five investigators stealing any limelight, and muted de-saturated colours to convey the rat-hole nature of investigative journalism.

The movie is incredibly BORING.

So convincing and intense are these interviews that you absolutely empathize with the victims.

Compelling, investing, and brilliantly detailed account of a story that people tried to hide for so long.

Gripping, emotional, and sadly, true .

Mark Ruffalo is the most compelling in his role adding urgency and doggedness to what might otherwise come across as a flat, even tempered tale.

Spotlight consciously avoids the bloat of cinematic diatribes like Oliver Stone's JFK by ruthlessly paring down, but the cutting room trimmings are fascinating and rich enough cobble together an entire other film out of.

Stunning performances by Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo, well deserving of their Oscar nominations, really did this challenging story justice.

A slight critic would be the strong accent which in some moments may be misunderstood, also the large number of names which are expressed are sometimes confusing.

Extremely well done - compelling story, skilled acting, well-filmed.

But, to McCarthy's credit, while Rezendes is often rude and tiresome, he has moments of riveting and unsettling emotion, transforming him from an ambitious journalist to an passionate and sensitive individual.

In the DVD version of "Spotlight," there is a fascinating bonus segment where we meet the actual Boston Globe reporters whose groundbreaking story of pedophilia within the Catholic church is the subject of this film.

This is not the case for this film; Spotlight, is slow with very sparse, elementary dialogue throughout.

Sensitive intriguing approach to a sad story .

The direction just lets us see how their reporting work in a quite compelling way; the uneasy confessions of the victims, the revelation of the amount of suspect priests, convincing.

Not boring though, just a bit slow.

The complicated tale of the investigation of paedophile priests in Boston and the publication of it is told in riveting fashion by Tom Macarthy who does not waste a frame or a scene to anything less than the plot or character development.

Very well done and riveting from the start .

Overall, I believe this is an important movie that is worth watching mostly because it all happened in reality and because with the Best Picture win, it is probably now the defining film on a very contemporary and tragic occurrence of events.

Thrilling from the first to the last frame.

Within a couple of minutes we witness the empty promises, the intimidation, and the cover up.

So I can understand how some people would be really bored watching this movie, because it is slow moving.

The story is compelling, the acting is unnoticeable, and the script seems to flow the way a real conversation would.

As for the other actors, the film was so boring to me I don't remember how the other actors preformed.

Heck, the going was so slow and the performances sufficiently uninspiring that I fell asleep for awhile, only to be awoken by a woman who was sitting next to me because I was snoring!

The fact that Baron was Jewish and Garabedian Armenian suggests that often revelation of scandal requires the intervention of an outsider to the systemIn this quietly stunning film, we see how good investigative reporting requires passionate commitment and fierce independence plus forensic attention to detail and a lot of shoe-leather and door-knocking.

When their new editor asks them to dig more into the column about a pedophile priest & the allegations that the Church was aware of everything yet did nothing, the team begins its research and unearths a pattern of sexual abuses perpetrated by Roman Catholic priests of an unexpected magnitude.

It's a matter of ethics, and as the white knights, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams make an interesting Redford-Hoffman-like pair with Keaton as 'Jason Robards', encouraging the team to go further, or slow down for tactical reasons.

Almost Perfect, Albeit A Bit Too Long And Too Slow .

All in all it's a compelling piece of work from McCarthy, perhaps his best to date.

I found the whole research process absolutely thrilling.

The story is interesting, well acted, engaging and original.

It is one of those scripts where you can notice writers weren't afraid to be progressive, to input lots of names, events and different speaking styles to make it more realistic, active and suspenseful.

Overall: While, this movie is a bit predictable, much of film's massive appeal, go primarily to the stellar cast, and the screenwriter Josh Singer, who approached the subject matter with palpable and empathy, care.

The Writing refuses to slow-down & the narrative is so engrossing, you can't move from your seat.

SPOTLIGHT is a talking-heads movie in which I found it impossible to be bored.

Extremely well done - compelling story, skilled acting, well-filmed.

My only concern was the potential for deep lulls in the movie pulling the investigation and interviews together for their story over the course of the 2 hour and 8 minute film.

It is remarkably riveting given that the outcome is well known as the film places us in the shoes of the reporters, unaware of just how a big a story they have.

An outstanding film that never lets you go, even when you leave the theater.

Still, even in provoking such a rare and adverse reaction – the lady was asked to leave – 'Spotlight' appears to have been very successful in ENGAGING the attention of its audience.

Would probably have enjoyed it more, mind you, if I hadn't been distracted – just a little – by an elderly lady two rows in front of me, complaining loudly that it was 'All lies!

I felt underwhelmed, bored to death.

Boring and Overrated...

The effect is much more compelling and riveting.

Simple but compelling .

Overall, a riveting and brave film that does wonders with a difficult subject matter.

However, some parts of the film, can be a bit confusing with the limited exposition and somewhat rushed, due to the quick pacing.

The film also dragged at points making it feel longer than it actually is.

" Vatican Radio, official radio service of the Holy See, called it "honest" and "compelling" and said it helped the U.

The end result is that strong writing, and respect for the process of journalism, combines with the importance of the true story and the strong delivery of all aspects to produce an engaging story which carries emotional and professional weight.

It was definitely a more intense movie watching experience feeling like you are walking with the reporter while they are interviewing people, searching for files, and so on.

Riveting procedural hampered by an emotional distance .

An important movie treated with great respect and compelling from start to finish.

It's well shot, gripping almost entirely throughout (the start is a little too slow), and manages to make a news team covering a story into a masterful story full of drama and intense characterization.

It really is one of the most insightful, hardhitting, entertaining films of the last six years.

It is an extremely faithful procedural that offers a thoroughly intriguing, and sobering, dramatic experience.

It is a superbly controlled and engrossing movie which keeps the audience captivated with the true story and more than that the reality of the occurrences of the chain of events.

This film is very exciting and passionately and brings the story to life in a well-balanced and paced way that makes the viewers want to weep and question mankind's morality.

This movie should be a 0.1% because of how boring it is.

While the subject matter of the movie is very interesting, I found the movie to be an uninspiring showcase of events save some strong performances- Ruffalo and Tucci are the best in show.

I wasn't particularly attracted to it, as although the subject matter sounded interesting, I was fearful that it might be a rather plodding film – about journalists slowly uncovering a scandal that is no longer as shocking as it was back in 2001.

I highly recommend it.

It is as boring as observing a meeting at an office.

Riveting, taut, and incredibly well written and acted.

The "seed" is similar to the break-in of the democratic headquarters at the Watergate Complex which eventually revealed the Nixon White House had been engaging in multiple plots against perceived political enemies.

"'Spotlight' is a compelling and straightforward picture which addresses an important story.

The film is a riveting behind-the-scenes look at this story and it thoroughly captures the ennui and the sense of passion and discovery that goes into the job of a reporter brilliantly, with its subtle touches of paper-shrouded desktops and tight cubicles littered with post-notes and family photographs.

The story was fascinating, motivating, deep and intriguing.

While stories about child abuse are not designed for entertainment, this one is a highly engaging thriller about the Boston Globe's specialist team called Spotlight that challenged one of the most powerful institutions on earth.

Spotlight should have the same effect acting as a docudrama that is both highly entertaining and educational at the same time.

but when viewing this movie, I got a two hour long snore fest that makes "The Host" from 2013 look like an Oscar contender.

It's riveting without much more than a raised voice or two.

It's well made film that deals with an interesting issue but I miss some more drama, It's a fascinating & shocking subject, so it is surprising that so many scenes are boring.

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It makes it all the more confusing then, when a story like this is thrown onto the big screen, and told in an agonisingly straight style.

It's also fascinating seeing his characters journey throughout the film and you just want to root for him all the way through.

'Spotlight' provides a riveting look at the Boston Globe investigation of the Roman Catholic pedophile priest scandal.

It's really a great film about newspaper reporting, but is told so well and deals with such an important topic that it is actually enjoyable to watch everyone excel - including director McCarthy, who already has form with 'Win Win'.

But since I give my honest opinions on movies, I will still say this film was actually quite boring for me.

Like a long out joke with a confusing punchline.

A Compelling Examination Of The Inquiry That Uncovered The Faith-Shattering Scandal Of The 21st Century.

The Film is a Gripping Group Effort from All Involved.

Compare this to a movie like Steve Jobs (2015) which is also very dialogue heavy and note all the various ways in which Boyle and crew aid their dialogue through camera movement, interesting angles and shadowing, etc. It makes you realize how thoroughly uninteresting Spotlight is in that particular way.

With limited to no use of special effects, Spotlight utilizes the strength of its narrative and characters consuming audience members to become part of the story creating this unexpected performance.

Thankfully, these lapses are few and far between and most of the story remains engaging for the entire runtime.

The only thing strong about the movie was its subject, and that perhaps got people to the theater, other than that a drag, with absolutely no story line.

And how it profoundly handles this hot-button issue also made it fascinating.

It turns out that all of the reporters are in this situation and there is a fascinating scene in which they discuss their backgrounds and how this might affect their approach to their investigation.

The movie is boring to just look at visually.

A compelling and sobering portrait of investigative journalism .

The movie goes in such extreme with this approach, that it becomes bit boring to follow even though the subject and content itself are beyond fascinating.

But the story is just too slow with a very annoying piano music every now and then.

As with "All the President's Men", even though we know the outcome it's still a riveting story.

Most of the film is just people talking, but it's a ruthlessly absorbing film more thrilling than many thrillers and more horrifying than most horror films.

Just for the performances alone it's worth the watch.

Spotlight is a sad and fascinating movie to watch.

Spotlight was gripping and in no way uncomfortable to watch.

With that, I'd advise you to watch it like you would read a gripping news article: with intent to focus and read between the lines, even the headlines.

On the other hand, that means that Spotlight is a slow movie, with a deliberate rhythm which allows us to savor every detail of the story and the performances.

Keaton's subtle yet nuanced portrayal as the leader of team Spotlight, is vastly different from his previous role, as the protagonist in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)(2014).

The movie manages to be highly entertaining from start to finish and it really packs a punch without having to resort to preaching.

The generic music that felt too bland for a theatrical feature also didn't help matters.

However, even though the film had a remarkable story, it was quite predictable.

Burns slow, but riveting to the end .

Felt very long and slow paced.

Its characters like them that made the film, so engaging.

Everything is done right with this film from it's excellent screenplay which incorporates real facts, events and people and glues us to the screen in a film that is more captivating and in a sense more thrilling than any other action films of this year, or perhaps many others.

Having said that there are subtle directorial decisions like slow zoom-outs or slightly extended shots that are sparingly used by him.

Compelling, Chilling and Cold-Hard Truth.

There are also smooth references to its own scenes detecting which can be really enjoyable for the audience.

The delicate subject matter is handled deftly while still making the story gripping enough for multiple rewatches.

It's incredibly banal and uninteresting.

The cinematography is seemingly deliberately drab and doesn't show much imagination.

This story does capture that narrative, and it does so competently, but the performances seemed flat and the story was told in a somewhat plodding manner.

Prime example who to make thrilling procedure films.

Also, I guess, how their work can be banal and far from glamorous and requires persistence in the face of rejection.

And the film is completely gripping from start to finish, both in the mounting horror of what gets discovered, and the relentless way we share the feelings of the reporting team.

The performances are all great and definitely worth watching just to see these great actors doing what they do best.

It took on a very heavy subject, that is still very much relevant today, and does it in a way that's riveting with a strong emotional core, strong insight that illuminates and tells of stuff that we didn't know (that leaves us shocked and very angry) and not fall into the trap of having too much of things that we knew already.

The performances are great, the story is fascinating and infuriating, and it's not one to be missed this year.

I'm even having a hard time remembering what I saw because I was so bored throughout the film and left feeling like what I just saw was forgettable pretentious garbage.

It's a haunting film that tells a story so compelling and unbelievable it becomes a must see film.

It's a good movie and worth watching.

Fascinating story, and we see the investigation grow from the beginning, from trying to interview victims, then priests, getting sealed documents from court, and the shock of learning how widespread the problem is.

A Riveting & Important Piece of Cinema .

But I am afraid I can't say anything more than that, it is very documentary like which can be it's biggest strength (a very fact driven plot heavy film) or it's biggest weakness (characters feel cold and distant and other than the plot nothing really impresses, also quite bland in the visuals department).

A well made movie: interesting and intriguing.

The fact is that in my humble opinion, this film was boring because it was very repetitive.

It's so boring, all these names thrown here and there, it's dialogue-heavy for no obvious reason, there is no important dialogue going on, just a bunch of workers, handling a case, interviewing a bunch of victims, and voilà, nothing more.

Utterly compelling drama from Tom McCarthy .

Spotlight is absolutely riveting.

It is an honest and compelling movie accentuated by the sheer acting performance of the ensemble cast.

With amazing performances from all of the cast and a great director behind the chair this movie truly is worth watching.

Taut, riveting, very refined in its writing and filmmaking.

So I watched this on the plane, had plenty of time to kill, because it won an Oscar, yet it was as exciting as watching paint dry...

The movie is intense when they situation is intense, and not due to any audience manipulation.

The ensemble cast is brilliant and the pacing kept a somewhat complicated and slow story very interesting.

I am glad this is The Best Picture, the only complaint - a bit too slow and long.

If nothing else, in an era where cinema and news media alike constantly run the threat of being swamped by sensationalism, the triumphant revitalization of such meticulously gripping, no-nonsense storytelling, let alone such an enjoyably old-fashioned-y newspaper drama, should be championed and cherished.

All the president's men proved that investigative journalist can be exciting without any love stories or action scenes.

He was very intense and passionate and it comes off great, and was a great role for him.

The "lulls" of the investigation were actually the driving points of the film.

For investigative journalism to be this compelling you need to be a masterful movie director.

Totally engrossing.

After the entire movie failed to stir any emotion the film makers go for the old „play a sad song" as if that is a good substitute for a compelling plot.

Keaton, Ruffalo and Schreiber all provided believable and intense characters that each had very distinct personas and had me invested in the story.

The structure of the film is standard , it is cliché...

This is such a compelling story - there are so many layers of power and privilege and the disruption of...

If there's a film this year that feels like an Oscar-winner, "Spotlight" sure does make a compelling case.

Filmmakers dealing with investigative journalism have a huge task on their hands if they are to be successful, but Tom McCarthy manages to do what David Fincher has before him (Zodiac) and create a genuinely thrilling piece of cinema, with not a single action set piece in sight.

More thrilling than most thriller movies.

Very Boring .

Hearing the word's come from those individuals who worked tirelessly to blow the lid off the Catholic Church in interview style would have made for a more gripping narrative.

The story is totally engrossing.

An exciting, dramatized account of a true story .

Which makes exposing the very people who help you as monsters in disguise even harder, bordering on unbearable.

Spotlight uncovers the truths and tells its story in a honest and gripping way.

It is haunting and keeps you on the edge of your seat as you wait to see what next turned leaf will reveal making you feel like a detective or investigative journalist yourself by just watching the film.

The rumors about "Spotlight" are true — a journalism film hasn't been this effective, clean and compelling since "All the President's Men" in 1976.

Spotlight is an extremely engaging & mind blowing film!

This allows a gripping view of this grueling investigation.

Ruffalo makes Mike his own, embodying a demeanor and emotion that helps shed light into the heart of the scandals while fidgeting and insisting his way around the city.

99% engaging .

Honestly the actings fine, but there's no suspense, intense moments, it's just plain, there's a straight road the whole movie of nothing, maybe at one bit you trip up but nothing happens ugh, the only reason this movie got a 5 is because I can see how OTHER people can like it, just not me.

It was gripping watching this team go after the story.

Tight, Unsentimental, and Engrossing Film .

It's Mike Rezendes though, played by a stunning Mark Ruffalo, who drives the point home, refusing to give up and shoving loads of empathy down the throats of those who would look the other way.

Overall "Spotlight" is an over hyped, waste of time that should not be watched.

Because the Globe had this crime information 20 years before and buried it in the Metro section, the case has been unfolding glacially, and the film respects the slow pace of the disclosure by providing no smoking gun or moment of epiphany—just clues strewn in its own paper ages ago.

I'm a historical researcher and I know how laborious and demanding research is, but also how rewarding and mind blowing it can be.

The wrong focus of the story makes a scandal difficult to follow and tedious.

Despite sounding mundane, it's engaging to witness the breaking down or exhaustive examination of the actions taken to bring a major news story to print, including the dealings with lawyers on both sides, the negotiations with corrupt or paranoid executives, and power struggles among all the various players (politics, police, and morals all clash when it comes to combating the church).

Just a dull, boring movie that made me appreciate The Big Short a lot more.

The screenplay for "Spotlight" (written by Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer) takes several characters, a trying investigation that got deeper and deeper as the months progressed, and have managed to compact it down into a very compelling 128 minutes (and the film feels shorter than that, another good sign).

Yup, I enjoyed it.

Through an intense scene of dialogue between the writers and editors, Robby reveals that it was he who ignored the information being sent to the Globe years before.

Biopics do not get as captivating, thought provoking, emotional and gripping as Spotlight.

It can, however, be hard to follow all the names that are being spewed at you, remembering who everyone is.

A Compelling Cast that seems Inspired and Involved in the process of making this a Remarkable Retelling of the now well covered Involvement in a Cover-Up of Heinous Crimes committed by Clergy.

It's a bold and entirely appropriate tactic to functionally ride along with the Boston Globe Spotlight team step by painstaking step of the investigation, keeping even the most mundane activities pulsing with urgency (never before have interludes of archival library research been so gripping).

and then you got Mark Ruffalo , who did a mind blowing job.

Seriously though, it's just dull.

Much of the film is talk with very little action, but the story itself is thoroughly engrossing.

The biographical-drama lived by its tagline - "break the story, break the silence" – while it builds up "captivatingly" from banal looking journalistic lifestyle to focus the aftermath of a short- column story, leading to the events of factual-investigations over a period of a 2 years into several full-fledged news articles that subsequently ran about 600 follow-ups, publicly-accusing a quarter of a thousand priests and brothers for pedophilic activities against a thousand known survivors in Boston itself, thereafter leading to the public apology of the archdiocese and the resignation of its Bishop, leading to widespread appraisal of this work – including a Pulitzer Prize.

Calling Spotlight an enjoyable film would be wrong due to its heavy subject matter, but Thomas McCarthy's film is from the get-go an engaging and finely produced piece of filmmaking that aptly shines a light on a pivotal moment in journalistic history that changed the world's views of Catholicism for ever.

See this movie for fabulous acting, see it for an honest portrayal of professional skill and ethics of the highest order, see it to remind yourself of the cliché that "all it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing," and ask yourself honestly what you would do in similar circumstances, especially if you, like most of us, don't buy ink by the barrel.

While, I found the movie, somewhat engaging because of the dialogue, I think a little research on the subject matter, beforehand, would help, make sense of it, for the viewer, when watching this film.

This is one of those gems like Glengary Glenn Ross that will have you on the edge of your seat even though there isn't a single bullet fired, explosion, killing or action sequence whatsoever.

With all the reports of fake news and all of us who simply get our news from staring at a screen, it's hard to think about all the effort that goes into getting that information from real life to print and I personally found the process fascinating.

save your money and go watch "Room".

This is a fascinating film to watch and just like any good news story, or world event that is unfolding before your eyes the film is in equal parts fascinating, entertaining and yet as I mention above that because it is dealing with sensitive issues and based on fact that it is also extremely affecting and will certainly leave an impression on you after you leave the theatre and perhaps for longer than that.

Spotlight manages to showcase journalistic quandaries, ethical dilemmas, legal exploitations, and dense information regarding a complicated investigation into this systemic broach of trust all while doing so in an engaging way.

"Was it entertaining?

The music fits beautifully, 'Spotlight's' script and story are engrossing and quietly intelligent and the characters are written compellingly.

It is a snore.

Spotlight is All the President's Men for my generation, in that it takes pity on our decrepit attention span and limited intellectual capacity, opting instead for a slower, less spastic narrative that successfully engages our minds without leaving us choking on its dust.

This material can't help but be interesting, even compelling.

"Spotlight" Cast a Shadow on the Catholic ChurchWith an all-star cast and a compelling story, "Spotlight" delivers a blandly straightforward telling of the priest sex-abuse scandal and cover-up through the investigative story featured in the Boston Globe in the early 2000s.

The art direction goes from compelling to "are you kidding me?

The screenplay packs in a gripping plot that grabs the viewers' attention much earlier than expected & never lets go from that point onwards.

We have statistics thrown at us every five minutes, and we are given the token shocking lines and scenes, but with a couple of exceptions they feel empty, hollow.

Now a film like this runs the risk of leaving a bad taste in the mouth or even being tedious and boring.

With it's smoothly fast pace 'Spotlight' is much more entertaining than most modern action thrillers.

It deeply analyzes the human against the bureaucratic and political aspects of being a reporter, righteously glorifying the seemingly boring parts of the profession, which in the end all play an integral role in the resolution.

A very worthy, engrossing and fittingly affecting drama, this actually lives up to the Oscar hype for once.

McCarthy and his talented ensemble have managed to create a film more exciting than most summer blockbusters, not an easy thing to do when dealing with material that revolves around interviews and the acquisition of legal documents.

In part, this is what makes "Spotlight" such a compelling and thought-provoking film.

As a lawyer for the Archdiocese who tries to block the story, Jamey Sheridan is compelling as the kind of reluctant accomplice who allows these sorts of crimes to go unpunished in the name of "just doing his job"; he seems aged before his time by years of unacknowledged guilt.

Perhaps because this is so well known, the film is compelling because it focuses on the story of the story, focusing on the journalism.

The slow reveal.

Brace yourselves for one of the most intense and dismaying films of 2015.

The real truth however is that the ensuing tale is even more compelling and tragic than we assume.

As numerous notable films have demonstrated, the spectacle of lowly scribes bringing down the great and powerful can make for exciting, more than interesting cinema.

compelling .

He left me speechless and may have even brought a tear to my eye with his gripping emotion and ability to bring out the heart in his character.

This film is compelling and highly uncomfortable in equal measure.

Due to the nature of the plot, "Spotlight" is very engaging.

But if I had to pick a slow moment, it would be any scene dealing with Boston College High School.

A fascinating film that has to be widened in scope not to appear like a pamphlet against the Catholic Church that neither deserves it nor is able to avoid the "problem" because it is simply the predator nature of any man or woman that actually comes out in any situation and may come out in any person when circumstances permit, like UN peace keeping soldiers of French citizenship in the Central African Republic.

It may certainly be a consensus choice, but I do feel like it's a film that doesn't garner such a rabid, intense passion.

Americans, many of whom can't go a day without picking up a newspaper or reading a webpage or an email telling them the day's events, often do not consider what goes into the stories we read and take for granted each day; "Spotlight" not only showcases the impact the stories can have, but also shows the most important parts of the newsgathering process in a way that is gripping without being bombastic.

This was a solid drama elevated by superior acting from a top-notch cast but I left the theater somewhat underwhelmed.

The background score is evocative as well as emotional and does a bang on job on helping the audience to emotionally connect with the film and also sympathise with the film's characters and feel the ordeal that they have been through.

My personal favourite of the nominees, The Big Short, lost out, and the stand-out film of the year, Inside Out, wasn't even on the list (although it took home the Best Animated Feature), but the lack of truly great films this year doesn't take anything away from Spotlight, which is a riveting little procedural hampered by a surprising emotional distance from the disturbing subject matter.

The pace also felt very slow and although 2 hrs and 8 mins aren't abnormal for a movie, this one felt like it was over 3 hours.

Spotlight is deeply engrossing and gripping from start to finish .

One more minor problem that the film has is perhaps an overabundance of characters, which can at times cause confusion when their names are mentioned in passing.

This movie is so Boring because of it's tasteless acting and tasteless story.

I suppose that the journalist character has been, to a certain extent, narrowed down to an uninteresting cliché of ambition and insensitivity.

It just makes it too long A slow drama like this,shouldn't last more than 90-100 min at the most.

Pretty bland .

Yes, Spotlight indeed puts a 'figurative' spotlight on the scandal in the Catholic Church, which is a touchy subject, but the film felt a bit dull and actionless.

It's an interesting story, an important story, but shot in the most boring and drab way.

Just watched this with my movie theatre-working friend, this Oscar-winning Best Picture that was quite a compelling account of the reporting of various Catholic priests' molesting children over many years.

It is utter lack of propaganda and party.

However well done and easy to follow the story was, it was predictable.

boring movie .