The true story of how The Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child abuse and the cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
With an academy award winning screenplay written by McCarthy and Josh Singer, the film gives a stark account of the Church molesting young children for ages and the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team of reporter’s brave work that led the Church into a grave. As one victim of sexual abuse mentioned to one of the reporters, ““How do you say no to God?”.
In 2001, The Boston Globe hires a new editor, Marty Baron (Liev Shreiber). Baron meets Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton), the editor of the Spotlight team, a small group of journalists writing investigative articles that take months to research and publish. After Baron reads a Globe column about a lawyer who says that Cardinal Bernard Law (the Archbishop of Boston) knew that the priest John Geoghan was sexually abusing children and did nothing to stop him, he urges the Spotlight team to investigate in this uncanny case. What follows is a hair-raising investigation and unorthodox reporting by the Spotlight team which included Mike Rezendes(Mark Ruffalo), Sasha Pfeiffer(Rachel McAdams) and Matty Carroll(Brian d’Arcy James).