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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The true story behind the scandal that shook the world. See more »

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Crime | Drama | History

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

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20 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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This is the first Best Picture winner since The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) to win only two Oscars. See more »

Goofs

At the court house, Michael Rezendes gives all his money ($83) to the clerk so he would make copies of the documents for him. In the next scene, he rushes out of the building, gets into a cab, rides to the Globe building, and runs inside. Unless an ATM was inside the court house, or they stopped at an ATM on the way to the Globe, he wouldn't have had any money to pay the taxi fare. See more »

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[first lines]
Young Cop: How's that going?
Court Clerk Mark: Mother's ballin' and the uncle is pissed off.
Young Cop: She's not married?
Court Clerk Mark: Divorced, with 4 kids. I guess the Father was helping out.
Young Cop: Helping out?
Court Clerk Mark: ...Hey, Mr. Burke, they're in the back talking to the Bishop.
Paul Burke: [entering] And Father?
Court Clerk Mark: We put him in the break room.
Paul Burke: Any press?
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Concerto Grosso No. 2 in F Major, Op. 6
Written by George Frideric Handel (as George Handel)
Courtesy of APM Music
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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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