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The Report

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Tense, smart story about investigation of CIA torture.

Movie R 2019 119 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

This film does not diverge much from the original story...harrowing.

Difficult to watch, let alone stomach in the first half, but expertly acted. Driver as the David up against the Goliath of the CIA is convincing. All the more convincing when you read that the film does not diverge much from the original story. It begs the question, will we forget again in another 30 or 40 years?
age 15+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Essentially a movie about people in suits sitting in offices, staring at computers, and talking to each other, this fact-based drama somehow eventually gathers up enough tension to click. Written and directed by Scott Z. Burns, who previously wrote The Informant!, Contagion, and Side Effects, The Report opens tentatively, with a flash-forward to show that Jones may be in serious trouble, before heading back to its natural beginning, a rather static series of scenes in which everything is introduced -- including Jones' depressing, windowless office -- and the rules are laid down.

But at some point during the movie's two hours, it starts to crackle. Perhaps it's because of the many shockingly awful events we hear about in the news or because of righteous anger over the blatant wrongdoing. Perhaps it's the thrill of seeing Jones getting a much-needed breakthrough: a secret, Deep Throat-style meeting with a man (Tim Blake Nelson), sick with guilt and terrified, who worked for the program as a "doctor." Or perhaps it's Driver's performance, which is obsessive and creates a forward momentum. Certainly Bening's performance as Senator Feinstein is a skillful treat. In the end, The Report is worth seeing for anyone who's interested in true political stories.

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