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Kill the Messenger

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About the Movie

Two-time Academy Award® nominee Jeremy Renner leads an all-star cast in Kill the Messenger, a compelling political drama based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. A hard-charging investigative reporter (Renner), stumbles upon the story of a lifetime when he uncovers a link between US government intelligence agencies and Central American drug smugglers. Determined to prove the CIA used cocaine profits to fund the Contra rebels, Webb endangers his career and family when he ignores the warnings of agency operatives in his relentless pursuit of the truth. Hailed as “Renner’s most energetic performance since the Hurt Locker” (Newsday) and co-starring Ray Liotta, Oliver Platt and Andy Garcia, its an explosive tale that will keep you riveted in suspense.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 125
  • Fresh: 96
  • Rotten: 29
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's oversold and under-reported. But Kill the Messenger flies high on Jeremy Renner's all-stops-out performance as 1990s-era journalist Gary Webb. Flaws aside, the film inspires a moral outrage that feels disconcertingly timely. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Oct 10, 2014

Fresh: Kill the Messenger does a credible if not dazzling job. In fact, the movie is a lot like the reporting that inspired it: a good introduction to a diabolically tangled tale. – Mark Jenkins, NPR, Oct 14, 2014

Fresh: If this movie is any guide, Webb's later years deserve a film of their own. We ought to know more about this fascinating character. And we ought to see more of the fully engaged actor playing him. – Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Oct 10, 2014

Rotten: A resonant journalistic cautionary tale gets packaged as a hokey thriller in Kill the Messenger, a movie with a message that isn't nearly as urgent as it needs to be. – Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, Oct 10, 2014

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Customer Reviews


Same old Hollywood slant.


It’s about time they made a movie about Gary Webb and Dark Alliance. Excellent cast.

One of the most underrated films of 2014...

I still don't understand why this film wasn't nominated for an Oscar. In any event, the film was fantastic and very informative for someone who was too young to remember the incident (like me). Though the film takes place in the 90's, the subject matter is extremely relevant today, which is why I found the movie to be so enjoyable. It also really makes you think and question, well...everything. This film is also the best performance of Jeremy Renner's career, so far. He truly becomes Gary Webb in an epic, powerful, and raw performance.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2014

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