• Released
  • November 5, 1999
  • R , 2 hr 37 min
  • Drama
  • 16 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A tobacco researcher (Russell Crowe) reports on the industry.

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Critic Ratings

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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Excellent acting, a stirring screenplay, and crisply intelligent directing make this fact-based movie a great human drama as well as a...
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
With it's dynamite performances, strafing wit and dramatic provocation, The Insider offers Mann at his best -- blood up, unsanitized and...
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100

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
May be the best movie of the year.
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90

Mr. Showbiz

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For two hours and 35 minutes it is absolutely riveting.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
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...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Power to absorb, entertain and anger.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Few American directors drive this wedge between mind and gut as masterfully as Michael Mann.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Pacino and Crowe are at their best, but the supporting cast also shines.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A good but far from great movie because it portrays truth telling in America as far more imperiled than it is.
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63

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
A big, dark juggernaut of a movie about a big, dark juggernaut of a subject.
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Rated R
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Fascinating whistleblower story for older teens.
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VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
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DRINKING & DRUGS