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2,906 Ratings


Directed by Tom McCarthy
United States, 2015
Drama, Crime, History


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.

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Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2015 | 2 wins including: Brian Award

Academy Awards

2016 | 4 nominations including: Best Achievement in Directing

2016 | 2 wins including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

The subject calls for Sam Fuller’s tabloid profundity, or, keeping with the drone-tone approach, David Fincher’s scalpel-like acuity. Cowriter-director Tom McCarthy is content to do a Xerox gloss on the newsroom scenes from The Wire, in which he himself featured as a corrupt reporter. It’s all very easygoing, competent, and pleasurable. But—given this subject matter, especially—should it be?
March 07, 2016
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That there’s no particularly “deep” meaning here is besides the point. Striking a difficult tonal balance between satire and Greek tragedy, Côté manages to communicate the kind of deep torment that comes from looking inward at a shallow life.
March 02, 2016
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Directed by Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Cobbler) and written by McCarthy and Josh Singer (writer and showrunner for the loopy television series Fringe and Lie to Me), the fact-checked film is a cleanly edited dispatch from the journalistic frontlines with no flowery phrases or bloated verbiage… A true crime story with no forensic lab work or yellow-taped crime scenes, no narrative tension or moral ambiguity, the film exudes slow-burn dread but no spine-tingling suspense.
February 29, 2016
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