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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 leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation's streets...and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"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."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"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."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Despite his reputation as an action film star, Renner plays a character whose enemies are the Washington Post and a cowardly management at his own paper. The drama is over the struggle to get out the truth, a permanent part of our culture."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"It is everything you expect a crusading reporter movie to be -- and therein lies the ultimate problem, because it's also nothing more."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Rather than exploring the voracious media culture that built Webb up and then tore him down, the film keeps the focus on the man himself."
‑ Margot Harrison, Seven Days
"Clichés and obviousness litter the movie."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Drugs, government, truths, mustaches. "Kill the Messenger" is an admirable journalism thriller that takes on a lot of big subjects."
‑ Adam Graham, Detroit News
"Renner displays a man beaten down by overwhelming forces, who, despite fighting back as best he can, is transformed into an industry pariah through government lies and intimidation, as well as hostility from fellow professionals."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"A great cast is about all that helps a film based-on-a-true-story peek at a Reagan administration scandal."
‑ Gary Wolcott, Tri-City Herald
"Gary Webb's story is one that actor/producer Jeremy Renner is passionate about, with his portrayal of the controversial journalist filled with grit, emotion and weight."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"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."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Just about the saddest movie of the season, particularly for men and women in the news industry."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Kill the Messenger may not be the most exciting film you will see this year, but there are plenty of good performances from great actors in cameo roles."
‑ Jonah Flicker, Paste Magazine
"When the hero becomes the goat..."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
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