Kill the Messenger
Kill the Messenger

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Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The film takes place in the mid-1990s, when Webb uncovered the CIA's past role in importing huge amounts of cocaine into the U.S. that was ...... (Full plot summary below)

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Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The film takes place in the mid-1990s, when Webb uncovered the CIA's past role in importing huge amounts of cocaine into the U.S. that was ...

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Variety - 8/10 by Andrew Barker The film taps into far deeper, richer veins of material than it has the time to properly mine. It’s nonetheless a flinty, brainy, continually engrossing work that straddles the lines between biopic, political thriller and journalistic cautionary tale, driven by Jeremy Renner’s most complete performance since The Hurt Locker.
McClatchy-Tribune News Service - 8/10 by Roger Moore Renner’s performance — beginning with bluster and descending into twitchy paranoia — sells it and makes us fret for every “messenger” suddenly the target of the spotlight himself.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 8/10 by Joe Williams While the chronological details and social significance of the story Webb reported get shortchanged, Kill the Messenger is a vital reminder that a free press must be free to press the powerful for answers.
ReelViews - 8/10 by James Berardinelli Kill the Messenger is compelling material but the recognition that the core of the narrative is based on true events gives it additional power.
USA Today - 8/10 by Claudia Puig As suspenseful as any episode of Showtime's "Homeland," which director Michael Cuesta also executive-produced.
Chicago Sun-Times - 8/10 by Richard Roeper Jeremy Renner doesn’t put much movie-star mustard on his performance as a newspaper reporter in Kill the Messenger, and that’s one of the reasons the work is so strong.
Christian Science Monitor - 8/10 by Peter Rainer What hits home is Renner’s performance, which gives full weight both to Webb’s fierce, abiding love for journalism and his despair when his livelihood – his reason for being – is trashed. It’s a tragedy, doubly so since the core of Webb’s allegations remains unchallenged today.
RogerEbert.com - 8/10 by Glenn Kenny That the filmmakers are able to pursue their theme to the extent that the true story on which the film is based obliges them to somehow has to be credited to Renner. His performance is very good, despite the somewhat stereotypical bro characteristics with which the Webb character is here endowed.
Philadelphia Inquirer - 8/10 by Tirdad Derakhshani It hobbles its otherwise fascinating premise by descending into hagiography. Webb's story is a tragedy, to be sure, but portraying him as a saint and martyr does little to advance the truth.
Entertainment Weekly - 7/10 by Joe McGovern Director Michael Cuesta (Homeland) includes just enough real news footage among the heavily scripted scenes to make you crave a documentary on Webb instead.
The Hollywood Reporter - 7/10 by Todd McCarthy Renner appears completely immersed in his role and when the clouds of doubt accumulate and the man becomes a professional pariah, it's a painful thing to see.
The New Yorker - 7/10 by David Denby Jeremy Renner is the main reason to see Kill the Messenger.

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