★★★★★ The Independent ★★★★★ Entertainment.ie ★★★★ The Irish Times ★★★★ The Guardian
Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo, amongst others, excel in this gripping slow-burn procedural which observes the actions of the titular Boston Globe investigative reporting team, and its Pulitzer Prize winning campaign in 2002 to uncover widespread, systemic child abuse by Catholic priests in Massachusetts. When new broom editor Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) takes the helm of the Globe, he quietly insists that Spotlight pick up the threads of an under-reported story of child abuses in the Boston area, a story which could, if pursued, expose the newspaper to the considerable ire of the Catholic church.
Eschewing sensationalism, director Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win) grounds the film through a focus on the grassroots determination of the crusading journalists, and how their steady accretion of facts and details gradually coalesce to reveal a shocking mosaic of corruption on a grand scale. (Notes by David O’Mahony)
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