The Rotten Tomatoes consensus:
Spotlight gracefully handles the lurid details of its fact-based story while resisting the temptation to lionize its heroes, resulting in a drama that honors the audience as well as its real-life subjects.
Film critics are journalists, and as such tend to be biased toward stories about journalists. I concur with the Tomatoes consensus, but I wasn’t enthralled to the extent many critics were — this is not the best film of the year by a long shot. Spotlight is very good, but it won’t pass the five-year’s test. Or put it another way: recommended, definitely — but in no way must-see. 8/10