The Report

critic Reviews

81% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score81%
  • The Report draws on a dark chapter in American history to offer a sober, gripping account of one public servant's crusade for accountability.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Chance Solem-PfeiferWillamette Week
    There's no way writer-director Scott Z. Burns could have predicted how relevant congressional investigations would be leading up to his film's release, but The Report arrives with an almost cautionary resonance.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Armond WhiteNational Review
    Burns lacks a sense of urgency, so the movie feels like something that sat on a shelf since 2004.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Rick KisonakSeven Days
    Intense, suspenseful, cerebral stuff.
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    Matthew DoughertyThe Filtered Lens
    Scott Z. Burns only rarely finds the language intrinsic to film to tell this story in The Report...
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Scott MarksSan Diego Reader
    A film as thought-provoking as this should pack more thrills; the majority of the suspense is generated from Driver's countenance, not Burns' ability to captivate an audience.
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    Oscar GoffBoston Hassle
    [S]martly written, cracklingly paced, and presented by a cast of immensely watchable talent.
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    Elianna LevGlobe and Mail
    This velocity, along with the performances, helps turn a movie that's essentially about a 6,700-page report (eventually boiled down to 525) into riveting storytelling.
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    Alison RowatThe Herald (Scotland)
    It could have been near impenetrable, but everything comes across loud and clear.
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    Paul WhitingtonIrish Independent
    Directed by Scott Z. Burns, The Report's tense, flat style is clearly inspired by All the President's Men: it's not as good as that, but is well worth watching.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Rich ClineShadows on the Wall
    Writer-director Scott Z Burns builds maximum suspense out of people in suits shuffling papers in windowless rooms. Most importantly, the script's journalistic integrity cuts through liberal or conservative ideology: it's about the importance of the truth.
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