Kill the Messenger

Lists: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime / Heist

Brief Synopsis: "A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb."

Overall Ranking: 1412 (Rank from 2014: # 65)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 22.22%
Regular 44.44%
Half-Popped 33.33%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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CinemaVisitor Erik85
Bryan Lienesch84 - Though the title has very little (if anything) to do with the film, it is a compelling, intellectual thriller. Viewers who thought it was the B-Action movie it's poster art tries to sell it as will likely be disappointed.
Rob from GuysFilmQuest83
Sober Film Critic James Brown80 - Featuring a stellar ensemble that delivers the goods, Cuesta's Kill the Messenger is one taut thriller that brings a national sin back to the forefront that should have never been forgotten.
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Dan O'Neill80(full review)
Tom Little of Digital Shortbread71(full review)
Silver Screen Riot Matt Oakes64(full review)
Citizen Charlie61(full review)
David Baruffi61(full review)

People Involved

  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Dawn Garcia)
  • Jeremy Renner (Gary Webb)
  • Michael Sheen ()
  • Ray Liotta ()
  • King ()
  • Robert Patrick (Ronny Quail)
  • Andy García ()
  • Paz Vega (Coral Baca)
  • Michael Cuesta (Director)