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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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When the Boston Globe's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Written by Open Road

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Break the story. Break the silence. See more »


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Rated R for some language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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25 November 2015 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$295,009 (USA) (6 November 2015)

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$44,988,180 (USA) (29 April 2016)
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Michael Keaton said about Walter Robinson's accent and his character in the movie, "I was told by Tom McCarthy and the other guys, he told them that's one reason he just doesn't really have one. But he will fall into one when he's around people from his neighborhood or other neighborhoods. But then his r's get hard and he does 'ing' and sometimes he doesn't do 'ing.' So when I saw that I thought, 'Oh, shoot, now how do I determine when he's speaking with a Boston accent and when he's not?' So little things like that were hard. But basically, what you want to do is be true to the guy, and I don't mean protect him. I just mean be who they are, you know? Not try to make them nicer than they are or anything. You know what I mean?" See more »

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In one shot there is a 2003 Toyota Corolla parked on the street. See more »

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Walter 'Robby' Robinson: We got two stories here: a story about degenerate clergy, and a story about a bunch of lawyers turning child abuse into a cottage industry. Which story do you want us to write? Because we're writing one of them.
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It Could've Been You
25 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

I've rated almost a hundred movies and I've only ever given out six 10s on this website. I don't rave about many movies and I am tough to please when it comes to film, but this film is absolute brilliance. It is flawless. This one earns its 10 and it is one of the best films I have ever seen.

Everything about this film is brilliant. The camera work is great and the score is underrated. However, what makes this film is an absolutely genius screenplay that is acted to perfection. This script will rock your world. I am not Catholic. I didn't grow up in a deeply Catholic area, but this film still affected me greatly. Everyone should see this movie for that reason. That is something that you have to see for yourself.

However, I'd like to focus a little more on the technical aspects. Beyond the fact that the subject matter is heavy and extremely important to American and world culture, this movie does everything else right. The acting is absolutely phenomenal. This is particularly true for Ruffalo and McAdams. I adore the subtlety with which they both act. It is brilliant. There isn't much more to say. This film is pure brilliance from its opening frame to its closing moment. For both cinematic and cultural reasons, this is a film that every person should see.


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