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  • Summary: This is the true story of Jeffrey Wigand (Crowe), the tobacco executive-turned-whistleblower and his relationship with "60 Minutes" producer Lowell Bergman (Pacino).
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  1. Positive: 33 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Excellent acting, a stirring screenplay, and crisply intelligent directing make this fact-based movie a great human drama as well as a riveting and revealing look at crucially important social issues.
  2. It's a terrific movie -- intelligent, magnificently acted, highly compelling as a thriller, and downright scary in its implications for the corporate-run world of the new millennium.
  3. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    90
    Is still sleek, gripping entertainment with a raw-nerved, changeable camera style that helps to amplify its meaning.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    At its best, hard-hitting grown-up cinema (rare these days) and a movie blessed with a villain (Big Tobacco) for which all gloves can be removed and heaved into the next county.
  5. The final product is great populist entertainment and may even leave audiences with a feeling of comfort, however fleeting, in the knowledge that corrupt corporations don't always win
  6. Pacino and Crowe are at their best, but the supporting cast also shines.
  7. 50
    It's all a little too polished, a little too smug to be ranked up there as one of the great journalism films.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Sep 6, 2010
    10
    Sorry for the translation.

    Long live newspapers, journalists hooray, hooray the free press. Why? Because a

    free press is the mirror of
    the nation, citizens are reflected in it. The journalists free from the constraints of so-called big powers, are educators. A piece of news, politics, can be told in a thousand ways. The question is - I am a journalist when I write, I hide behind my writing, or are in front of it and so proud of? My words are fertile for my readers? Help young people to think? Help solve a problem? In short, they help to grow? People always deserve the best respect. This is democracy and that is why our fathers died. For this ideal still die. I will take up this discussion further, talking about my Italy. And now within the film. When the truth "produces" welfare, that is the feel good in physical terms, of a community, even frighteningly shaky financial empires. The bearer of Truth, however, always has a price, sometimes very high, in terms economic and psychophysical. But if you are lucky enough to share your truth with a decent man, of sound principles, that truth produces pain is shared, this sharing improves decision-making skills and translating them into voluntary acts determined. This is what happens to the two main protagonists of the film. The first is a scientist, dr. Jeffrey Wigand (R. Crowe), put out the door by Brown & Williamson company that produces cigarettes. The second is Lowell Bergman (A. Pacino), one of the leaders of the popular journalism program "60 Minutes "on CBS. Lowell and Wigand will create, with their conscious choices, to one of the most famous investigations and follow U.S. and beyond. This investigation will lead the multinational "blondes" to pay a very heavy compensation for damage (diseases and deaths) caused by tobacco. Wigand reveals on live television that the His company adds chemicals that create dependency. Consequences of this are, of course, more sales and higher revenues. But what will the price pay for the two protagonists? What will become of peace, economic security, marriage? What role will the wives? There is freedom of information general? The strong powers, political, economic, influencing what information? A many millions of dollars compensation amounts required by 50 states, the tobacco companies? Michael Mann, director and screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump) gives us a gem. For an Italian, Dante Spinotti, was entrusted with the photo of the film. One last thing: "Seven nominations and no statue. Why? These are movies that you mark, leave an indelible mark on your soul. In schools, these films must enter the front door. You should discuss compare, clarify any doubts. The words hurt and sometimes fatal. The language, a body so small, it produces infinite damage. Words fly, writings remain. "Verba volant, scripta manent." Careful what you write. Good Ciak! Expand
  2. May 11, 2012
    9
    You don't need to be an Einstein to know that Russel Crowe is a brilliant actor. If want to see an acing genius then do watch this movie. Overall a well made movie which keeps you at the edge of your seats and brilliant cast. A must watch for those who appreciate good acting. Expand
  3. Apr 3, 2013
    8
    the insider is on my top 10 best movies i have ever seen it totally took me by surprise when i saw the average rating on IMDB and Meta-score and the 7 Oscars nominations and didn't win anything but i took the chance to watch in since it has Russell Crowe and the fact that is based on true story and i'm glad i took that chance the movie was awesome the script was well-written the even was believable and i loved the performance by everyone in this movie from Al Pacino down to Colm Feore and Russell Crowe did a spectacular performance being what he is a nervous person with big ego as he going from being rich to absolutely nothing i just love it. Expand
  4. Nov 12, 2012
    7
    The Insider is a well written and acted true-story drama. Micheal Mann instills the picture with his trademark style but over-length and a lack of real danger mar the proceedings somewhat. Also, it seems like an exercise in futility: Yes, smoking is bad for your health and addictive... Do smokers care? No, so what's the ultimate point? Expand

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