Review: Spotlight unveils the Boston church cover up of child molestation


Spotlight tells the true story of the Boston Globe journalists who uncovered the Catholic Church cover up of child sex scandals in 2001. Starring a hugely impressive cast including Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James, Liev Schreiber, and Billy Crudup, the movie is a solid and compelling telling of events.

Initially the ‘Spotlight’ team – a small group of journalists that focus on year-long investigations – are assigned to look into just one priest called John Geoghan, but soon uncover more that the Archbishop of Boston knew about and did nothing to stop abusing children.

The Boston Globe actually won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service because of the articles they published on the scandal, highlighting the depth of the cover up in the Massachusetts area. I found Spotlight really interesting and at times horrifying to discover just how much was hidden and how the journalists went to great lengths to bring the offending priests to justice. Definitely worth a watch if you can stomach the truth.

4/5 stars

Released January 29th