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The Insider tells the true story of a man who decided to tell the world what the seven major tobacco companies knew (and concealed) about the dangers of their product. Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe) was a scientist employed in research for a tobacco firm, Brown and Williamson. Not long after he was fired by Brown and Williamson, Wigand came into contact with Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino), a producer for 60 Minutes who worked closely with journalist Mike Wallace (played here by Christopher Plummer). Bergman arranged for Wigand to be interviewed by Wallace for a 60 Minutes expose on the cigarette… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

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"What I didn't expect was an intelligently absorbing entertainment that ran for two hours and 40 minutes, during which I didn't once look at my watch -- just about the highest praise I can bestow upon a film these days."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"It's a good thing Wigand isn't a conventional, come-to-the-rescue hero in The Insider, because, although Michael Mann tries for a victory dance, there's ultimately little cause for cheer."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Fascinating whistleblower story for older teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A sobering examination of corruption, courage, cowardice, and the sometimes catastrophic costs of telling the truth."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"The ingredients--topical subject, great acting from Crowe and Plummer, Mann's brillaint helming--are here for a truly great film and yet something is missing, perhaps a sense of deja vu of case well covered in the press, or an aura of pompous seriousness."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The movie reveals Michael Mann's unparalleled ability to fashion taut suspense from unpromising material."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Mann turns a moral issue into riveting suspense."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A supremely suspenseful and riveting dramatic tour-de-force."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Despite having no action scenes, a 2.5 hour running time, and based around the tired subject of tobacco, The Insider manages to be one of -- if not the best thriller of the year."
‑ Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
"The Insider is an engaging, beautifully-paced drama that leaves most others like it looking silly and amateurish."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Pumped up with sharp editing, vivid performances and a damning true story to tell, it's a morality tale with a hard contemporary punch."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Mann, who mastered style in his TV series Miami Vice and previous films like Heat, adds substance to the formula with the intensely dramatic, fiercely principled Insider."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Not a single shot could be improved in either lighting or framing; nor is there even a single cut that could be moved by so much as a frame without damaging the exactitude of its placement."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"It has a buzz of excitement and complexity -- the sense that we're seeing the actual back-room decisions that affect lives."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Director Michæl Mann makes the mundane exciting -- even though we all know the outcome -- with his trademark blue/dark back lighting, hyper-kinetic editing and a haunting techno score."
‑ Tom Meek, Film Threat
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