The Insider
The Insider (1999)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 5, 1999
DVD Release Date: April 11, 2000
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Intelligent, compelling, and packed with strong performances, The Insider is a potent corporate thriller.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

... the movie goes on a nail biting tear...

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The movie reveals Michael Mann's unparalleled ability to fashion taut suspense from unpromising material.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Mann turns a moral issue into riveting suspense.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Fascinating whistleblower story for older teens.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Pumped up with sharp editing, vivid performances and a damning true story to tell, it's a morality tale with a hard contemporary punch.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

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.

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Michael Dequina

A supremely suspenseful and riveting dramatic tour-de-force.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Albert Kim
After seeing almost all of Michael Mann's films, I was expecting "The Insider" to have a narrative centered around a suave Los Angeles night… More
Sajin P A
Russel Crowe delivers what could be one of his finest performances as a stolid suffering whistle-blower in this corporate conspiracy thriller. Michael Mann… More
Chris Weber
I wasn't sure that it was possible, but this just might be Michael Mann's best film, or at the very least, right up to par with Heat. In a lot of ways… More
Steven Carrier
I absolutely love films like Michael Mann's "The Insider." Here is a taunt, knotty, sophisticated moral issue thriller that is written, directed… More
Jameson Worley
Excellent...I had high expectations, but this was brilliant! The acting in this film is excellent, especially from leading actors Al Pacino and Russell… More
Emile Tremblay
This is so powerful filmmaking it gave me chills. These are the kind of movies that manage to prove real events are never better told than on films. Everything… More