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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: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"The film heightened my interest in this small piece of history so it's effective in that regard."
‑ Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane
"Michael Cuesta's movie, notable for a fine lead performance by Jeremy Renner as Webb, is capable and suggestive but it never attains definitive proof."
‑ Craig Mathieson, The Age (Australia)
"Kill The Messenger is a sturdy addition to cinema's esteemed investigative journalism sub-genre."
‑ Rhiannon Sawyer, FILMINK (Australia)
"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
"The unpretentious, no-nonsense adult realism of Sidney Lumet permeates the style of journalism thriller Kill The Messenger, and that's a delightful thing."
‑ CJ Johnson, ABC Radio (Australia)
"Tense journalism thriller examines CIA-Contra scandal."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"While I was grateful to learn about this important story, the film only receives a pass mark for bringing it to our attention and for Renner, who as the star and producer was understandably passionate about the project."
‑ Damien Straker, Impulse Gamer
"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
"A tough-as-nails, deep-browed drama that proves, once again, that doing the right can often backfire on you, especially when dealing with the hypocritical vagaries of the modern media."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"This taut drama becomes a treasure trove for conspiracy buffs with its exploration of government propaganda, spin doctors and cover-ups."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Renner brings a dogged yet ebullient quality to Webb. It's a terrific, wound-up yet thoughtful performance that conveys a sense of conviction with an undercurrent of fragility."
‑ Philippa Hawker, Sydney Morning Herald
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