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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Engrossing drama offers inside look at the news business.

Movie R 2015 121 minutes
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age 15+

A film that centers dignity in your job...stellar acting portrayals.

A film that is well written and well directed. It takes quite a few expected cinematic turns, but it still feels exciting. Perhaps it's that Cate Blanchett is Blanchetting it up? Or the film being Redforded or Mossed. Or all of the above. The film attempts to offer a platform for the firing of Dan Rather and the expunging of Mary Mapes from 60 Minutes, in that it succeeds. Does the film tell the "truth"? I don't think that was ever on tenth table, but what does seem to permeate throughout the film is that reporters have dignity, which seems to be a fact that people are quick to dismiss in 2022. We shall see if Rather and Mapes are from a bygone era or if their dignity exists and will make a resurgence.

Is It Any Good?

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TRUTH may not be beyond reproach, but it's certainly interesting -- especially for journalism wonks. To start, it shows how the proverbial news sausage is made -- and it's a seriously instructive lesson. And it raises important questions about democracy, politics, and privilege. Central to the film is Blanchett, who delivers a powerful performance that relies on nuance and empathy. The rest of the ensemble cast goes toe-to-toe with her, including Redford, whose performance here serves as a book end to his All the President's Men classic.

That said, at times the story veers into "inside baseball" territory, which could confuse or alienate non-journalists in the audience. But that would be a shame, since Truth explores some, yes, hard truths that everyone should consider.

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