The Report (2019 film)

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The Report
The Report poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byScott Z. Burns
Produced by
Written byScott Z. Burns
Music byDavid Wingo
CinematographyEigil Bryld
Edited byGreg O'Bryant
  • VICE Studios
  • Unbranded Pictures
  • Margin of Error
  • Topic Studios
Distributed byAmazon Studios
Release date
  • January 26, 2019 (2019-01-26) (Sundance)
  • November 15, 2019 (2019-11-15) (United States)
Running time
120 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Report (also known as The Torture Report) is a 2019 American docudrama film written and directed by Scott Z. Burns and starring Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Ted Levine, Michael C. Hall, Tim Blake Nelson, Corey Stoll, Maura Tierney and Jon Hamm.

The plot follows staffer Daniel J. Jones and the Senate Intelligence Committee as they investigate the CIA's use of torture following the September 11 attacks.

The film covers more than a decade's worth of real-life political intrigue, exploring and compacting Jones's 6,700-page report into a compelling narrative.[1] Burns has previously released fact-based films, such as: The Informant! which is based on real events; and Contagion, which was inspired by various contemporary pandemics.

It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2019. It is scheduled to be theatrically released on November 15, 2019, by Amazon Studios, before streaming on Amazon Prime beginning November 29.


Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones is tasked with leading an investigation into the CIA's systematic torture of terrorist suspects in the years following the September 11 attacks. The investigation concludes that the so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" used by the CIA were brutal, immoral, and ineffective forms of torture, and that the CIA routinely misrepresented these facts to policymakers. When the Senate Intelligence Committee attempts to publish their findings, they have to contend with the CIA and White House's attempts to block and undermine the report.[2]



The project was announced in April 2018 with Scott Z. Burns directing and writing, and Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Morrison signed on to star.[3][4]

The film began production on April 16, 2018 in New York[5] with Tim Blake Nelson, Ben McKenzie, Matthew Rhys, Ted Levine and Michael C. Hall added to the cast the following month.[6] In June 2018, Maura Tierney joined the cast.[7]


It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2019.[8] Shortly after, Amazon Studios acquired distribution rights to the film.[9] In October 2019, it will appear as a spotlight film at the Hamptons International Film Festival.[10] It is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on November 15, 2019, before being released on Prime Video two weeks later on November 29.[11] It was previously scheduled for respective September 27 and October 11 releases.[12]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 85% based on 37 reviews, with an average rating of 7.9/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "The Report draws on a dark chapter in American history to offer a sober, gripping account of one public servant's crusade for accountability."[13] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 79 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[14]

In August 2019, Human Rights First announced that it will award the 2019 Sidney Lumet Award for Integrity in Entertainment to The Report at the organization's annual award dinner on October 28 in New York City.[15]


  1. ^ Sims, David (January 29, 2019). "How 'The Report' Turned a 6,700-Page Torture Investigation Into a Political Thriller". The Atlantic. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  2. ^ "The Report". Sundance Institute. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  3. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (April 4, 2018). "Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Morrison In Talks To Join Scott Z. Burns' CIA Drama From VICE Studios". Deadline Hollywood.
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (April 4, 2018). "Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm in Talks for CIA Drama 'Torture Report'". Variety. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Perez, Rodrigo (April 12, 2018). "Steven Soderbergh Shooting 'Panama Papers' Movie Next, Title Revealed". The Playlist. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  6. ^ "The Torture Report': Tim Blake Nelson, Ben McKenzie, Matthew Rhys & More Round Cast Of CIA Drama – Cannes".
  7. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (June 18, 2018). "Maura Tierney Joins CIA Drama 'The Torture Report'". Deadline Hollywood.
  8. ^ Debruge, Peter (November 28, 2018). "Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2019 Features Lineup". Variety. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  9. ^ Lang, Brent; Donnelly, Matt (January 28, 2019). "Sundance: Amazon Nabs Adam Driver Political Thriller 'The Report' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  10. ^ "'The Report' named Spotlight film at Hamptons fest". Newsday. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  11. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (July 26, 2019). "Amazon Positions Theatrical/Streaming Release 'The Report' Deeper In Awards Season". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  12. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (June 13, 2019). "Amazon Studios' Sundance Pick-Up 'The Report' Getting Theatrical-Streaming Awards Season Release". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  13. ^ "The Report (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  14. ^ "The Report reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  15. ^ "Human Rights First Honors The Report with Lumet Award". Human Rights First. Retrieved September 12, 2019.

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