Venice 2015: Instant reactions to ‘Spotlight’

Spotlight film 2015

Spotlight_film_2015After the less than positive reception (and that’s putting it incredibly delicately) that Tom McCarthy was given with his last film The Cobbler, it might have been fair to wonder if the love affair that critics had with the filmmaker was over. In some ways, his new movie Spotlight, which just debuted today at the Venice Film Festival was going to be a litmus test. Would the pundits embrace him again and launch his title into the Oscar race, or would they reject the flick and attempt to make him the latest whipping boy? Well, aside from a somewhat dismissive mixed review from The Hollywood Reporter, almost everyone at Venice is all about this film. Some have called it a surefire Academy Award player, while nearly all of the review put it high up in the pantheon of investigative journalism movies. McCarthy’s ensemble movie stars Billy Crudup, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, and Stanley Tucci in a look at how the abbesses of the Catholic Church were uncovered by the Boston Globe. Take a look at the first reactions before and stay tuned for much more on Spotlight, which opens on November 6th. I think we have a potentially big player on our hands folks…

Here are the first reviews from Venice for Spotlight:

Thoughts? Discuss in the comments!

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.


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I’m definitely going to sift through some of these to see exactly who the standouts were, because this is quite the impressive cast. I’m glad to hear it turned out well.

Luke McGowan

The films cast is unreal, one of my favourites of the year.



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