Movie Review: “Spotlight”

Spotlight movie poster


OVERALL: Wow. Yes it deserved ALL of those awards. See Award Graphic for Spotlight.

Spotlight movie awards graphic

Award Graphic for Spotlight

POINTS: So many! First, this movie could have been salacious and sensational and dehumanized the victims. It didn’t. I was very impressed.  Well done! Second, I loved watching the characters begin to believe and realize the truth of the story. As someone who is familiar with sexual abuse, I am not shocked to hear when it has happened. Sad and angry, yes, shocked, no. I enjoyed watching the heroes of this story change their minds to understand the reality they were facing. This movie was very humane in character and issue portrayal and I was very impressed.

Plus hooray for portraying hero reporters!!!! A free society must have a free press! That is how truth is told. 🙂

PITFALLS: Nope, didn’t see any.

FEMALE CHARACTER(S): Oh Rachel McAdams how I enjoyed your acting and your presence on the screen. You did a great job as Sacha Pfeiffer, real life reporter, and you should be proud of your work. Plus huzzah to all of the men who worked with and viewed you, and Sacha, as a team member and not “the girl.” Everyone was treated as an equal and I LOVED it.

CULTURAL PITFALL(S): No. Correct, you will not see many PoC in this movie. Then again it is about a specific group of people at a specific moment in history. I hope that no white-washing happened while making this movie and/or uncovering the story.


1.)  Boston. I hope this was filmed in Boston ’cause I felt like I was indeed there. The character of Boston really shown through for me. Made me want to visit again.

2.) Michael Keaton. I’ve been a fan of Keaton for years. It was good to see him play such a good character as Walter ‘Robby’ Robinson. Watching the character do his job and uncover the truth, first for himself and then the world, was beautiful and nuanced. Well done sir.

3.) Awards. As I said earlier, this movie deserved them all!

4.) Critic’s Choice Award – Best Ensemble. Yes yes a thousand times yes to this award! First, I didn’t know it existed and I am glad that it does. Ensemble acting is beautiful and tough and wow, this cast of talented, seasoned actors nailed it. Huzzah to them all.


Final shot of our intrepid reporting Spotlight team answering the many calls they are receiving after running their story. Was I surprised? No. Were the characters? Yes. Was the calm beauty of these noble people doing their job as one group as the camera faded out a perfect cinematic moment? Yes. 🙂



BECHDEL TEST (Website): 2 of 3. This movie really focused on a few characters and thus I understand this rating. Still Rachel McAdams – you rock!

RACIAL BECHDEL TEST (Website): 1 of 3 due to minor characters that are named in the credits.

IMDB: Spotlight (2015)

OFFICIAL MOVIE WEBSITE:  “Spotlight” Official Site



Spotlight TRAILER 1 (2015) – Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton Movie HD

Spotlight Movie CLIP – It’s Time (2015) – Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton Movie HD

Spotlight On The Reporters Behind The Film

2 responses to “Movie Review: “Spotlight”

  1. As much as I liked this film, in all honesty if you ask yourself is this the state of the art in modern cinematic achievement, the answer cannot be yes. The global political furor over child sexual abuse would have inevitably weighed on the minds of the Oscar voters. Still a great film.

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