Kill the Messenger
Kill the Messenger (2014)

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner ("The Bourne Legacy") leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 10, 2015
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kill the Messenger's potent fury over the tale of its real-life subject overrides its factual inaccuracies and occasional narrative stumbles.

Mark Jenkins

Kill the Messenger does a credible if not dazzling job. In fact, the movie is a lot like the reporting that inspired it: a good introduction to a diabolically tangled tale.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A resonant journalistic cautionary tale gets packaged as a hokey thriller in Kill the Messenger, a movie with a message that isn't nearly as urgent as it needs to be.

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Grant Rollings
Sun Online

The first half of the movie captivates as it runs through his impressive investigation. But the fallout from Webb's scoop is less enthralling and the story loses traction as it focuses on his crumbling personal life.

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Wesley Morris

Clichés and obviousness litter the movie.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

Drugs, government, truths, mustaches. "Kill the Messenger" is an admirable journalism thriller that takes on a lot of big subjects.

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Sean Burns
New England Movies Weekly

The muddled movie contains all the elements of a top-notch muckraker, deployed erratically and to increasingly diminished returns.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

It's oversold and under-reported. But Kill the Messenger flies high on Jeremy Renner's all-stops-out performance as 1990s-era journalist Gary Webb. Flaws aside, the film inspires a moral outrage that feels disconcertingly timely.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

If this movie is any guide, Webb's later years deserve a film of their own. We ought to know more about this fascinating character. And we ought to see more of the fully engaged actor playing him.

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Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

It's sporadically gripping but ultimately rather frustrating fare, leaving us intrigued enough by the conspiracy-theory backstory to want hard documentary evidence rather than mere dramatic licence.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
After an engaging first half that trusts our ability to put together the details of this whole affair as we follow its character, this strong political drama is… More
Walter M.
After completing an article about government forfeiture programs, journalist Gary Webb(Jeremy Renner) is approached by Coral Baca(Paz Vega) with a story of her… More
familiar stranger
Could have been far better had they focused more on the investigative journalism than Webb's family life. It sort of distracts when it turns from a taut… More
Glenn Gaylord
There was nothing like a Watergate-style scandal to inspire one of my favorite genres, the 70s Paranoid Thriller. An in-over-his head hero uncovers a top level… More
Mark Hobin
Kill the Messenger is an interesting tale in two parts. The first half recounts Webb's discovering the evidence. The second half depicts the aftermath of… More
Philip Price
Kill the Messenger is a true tragedy. A discussion, a meditation on the human life and the countless directions it could go according to the mind that is… More