The subject matter of Spotlight may be tough for some to endure (child molestation in the Catholic Church), but Tom McCarthy’s new film is one of the best of the year. The entire cast does a phenomenal job, but Michael Keaton’s quiet performance is great in a sneaky way and pays off in the latter moments of the film. McCarthy, who made the wonderful indie The Visitor and the horrifically bad Adam Sandler film The Cobbler, helms the film deftly and doesn’t let the actors chew scenery too often, which in this day and age is impressive. A great procedural that never ceases to be interesting, Spotlight is a film I could see myself watching again and again. It’s not flashy, it’s not loud, and the performances are understated, but it’s a wonderfully executed story and one can truly admire the simplicity of it all.
Bottom Line From start to finish, "Spotlight" is an enthralling tale about journalists doing their job and should be considered along with "All The President's Men" as one of the great procedural movies of all time.