Spotlight (2015) - Biography, Crime, Drama

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4

Breathtaking

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: 65 out of 547 found boring (11.88%)

One-line Reviews (404)

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.

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

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.

Compelling, Chilling and Cold-Hard Truth.

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

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

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).

Not the kind of movie I would think to judge using typical, is-it-entertaining film standards.

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 is deeply engrossing and gripping from start to finish .

"Was it entertaining?

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

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.

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.

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

Compelling Subject, Average Film .

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

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

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 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.

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

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

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

An ode to slow journalism .

Pretty bland .

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.

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

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

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.

I felt underwhelmed, bored to death.

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

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.

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

slow paced .

zzzzz

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

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 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.

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.

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.

Since most of the movie is comprised of uncovering the truth behind the sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church, it's surprising how gripping and well-paced the film ends up being.

a riveting story that's perfectly cast .

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.

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

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

"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.

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

I found the whole research process absolutely thrilling.

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

Spotlight is a sad and fascinating movie to watch.

Stunning and a rousing vote for investigative journalism .

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

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

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

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.

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

Riveting procedural hampered by an emotional distance .

A gripping newsroom drama .

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

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

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.

A well made movie: interesting and intriguing.

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.

The movie did felt slow at times.

A riveting and educating movie .

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.

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.

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.

Very boring movie .

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

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

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

Gripping account of a totally shocking story Well acted throughout .

Yup, I enjoyed it.

Very well done and riveting from the start .

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

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.

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

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

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.

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 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.

Very genuine but boring movie .

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

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

The movie is riveting, though we know the outcome.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

In fact, I found the movie boring at times.

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.

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.

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

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

Riveting, taut, and incredibly well written and acted.

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

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

A Riveting & Important Piece of Cinema .

Tight, Unsentimental, and Engrossing Film .

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).

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

Not boring though, just a bit slow.

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

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

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.

It was gripping watching this team go after the story.

Strong Subject - Good direction - but no story whatsoever .

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

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

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

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).

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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).

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...

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.

The effect is much more compelling and riveting.

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

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

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

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

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.

"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.

One of the most rewarding slow burners of the past century.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

compelling .

Enjoyable!

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

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

More thrilling than most thriller movies.

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

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.

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

Breathtaking experience .

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.

The camera work was really boring as well.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Spotlight is an extremely engaging & mind blowing film!

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!

A stellar cast and flawless direction make for an engaging and highly entertaining result.

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

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

The emotions of the key characters are depicted with a thoughtful interest in the actual events, and all of these emotions can be felt in intense detail.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

This film is much more than just a story and more than just an unwinding tale for entertainment- it is a slow build to fully showcase the atrocities that have occurred at the hands of one of the most popular religions in the world.

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.

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.

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.

Powerful and Lacking Ever in a Dull Moment .

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

The movie is boring to just look at visually.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Very Boring .

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.

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.

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.

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

Utterly compelling drama from Tom McCarthy .

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

A Fascinating and Shocking Look into the Reporting of Horrific Events .

), I may have enjoyed it more.

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

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

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.

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

Sensitive intriguing approach to a sad story .

Gripping, emotional, and sadly, true .

An exciting, dramatized account of a true story .

Burns slow, but riveting to the end .

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

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

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.

The slow reveal.

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

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.

It is utter lack of propaganda and party.

Engrossing Procedural Drama on the Catholic Abuse Scandal .

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

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.

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

Spotlight is fascinating.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Such a breathtaking film.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

The story was fascinating, motivating, deep and intriguing.

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.

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

Prime example who to make thrilling procedure films.

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

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.

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

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 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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

"This movie is stunning.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

This film is compelling and highly uncomfortable in equal measure.

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

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

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

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

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.

Seriously though, it's just dull.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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'.

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

It is a snore.

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.

It's a good movie and worth watching.

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

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.

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.

Spotlight was gripping and in no way uncomfortable to watch.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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 .

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

A compelling investigative journalism drama with notable performances .

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Totally engrossing.

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

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

The story is totally engrossing.

Very intense.

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

Thrilling from the first to the last frame.

Based on the true account of the Boston Globe's investigation that earned them a Pulitzer Prize in Public Service this is sensitive subject matter to be sure, but the story is compelling and holds you every step of the way, and is further elevated by a first-rate cast of actors.

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.

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.

Boring and Overrated...

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The actors, Mark Ruffalo in particular, do a great job of expressing the range of emotions required for such a sensitive topic and the story, though hard to watch, is absolutely compelling.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

boring movie .

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

A compelling and sobering portrait of investigative journalism .

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

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.

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.

The Film is a Gripping Group Effort from All Involved.

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

It's incredibly banal and uninteresting.

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.

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.

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

Felt very long and slow paced.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

99% engaging .

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.

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

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

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

Simple but compelling .

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

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

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

save your money and go watch "Room".

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.

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).

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).

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.

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.

" It's truly riveting stuff.

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.

It made the movie that much more riveting.

Like a long out joke with a confusing punchline.

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

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

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.

I highly recommend it.

The movie is incredibly BORING.

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

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.

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

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

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.