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Other Critics provided by

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today 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 removed and heaved into the next county.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Fascinating whistleblower story for older teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has tense scenes, strong language, smoking, and some drinking.

  • Families can talk about the point of view of the movie. Director/co-screenwriter Michael Mann very skillfully makes every shot and every note of the soundtrack help shape the story so that the viewer sees Bergman's perspective. (One hint: the Bergman character is unerringly fair and honest.) Families could also discuss how the movie would be different if it was told from Wigand's, Wallace's, or the tobacco company's point of view.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Brief shot of dead body; characters in peril.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false4

    Language: Strong and frequent.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking and smoking.