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The Report is a 2019 American drama film written and directed by Scott Z. Burns and starring Adam Driver and Annette Bening. The plot follows Staffer Daniel J. Jones and the Senate Intelligence Committee as they investigate accusations of torture by the CIA following the September 11 attacks.

The Report
Directed byScott Z. Burns
Produced by
Written byScott Z. Burns
Music byDavid Wingo
CinematographyEigil Bryld
Edited byGreg O'Bryant
Distributed byAmazon Studios
Release date
  • January 26, 2019 (2019-01-26) (Sundance)
  • September 27, 2019 (2019-09-27) (United States)
Running time
118 minutes
CountryUnited States

It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2019. It is scheduled to be released on September 27, 2019, by Amazon Studios.



Senate staffer Daniel Jones is assigned the daunting task of leading an investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program. After analyzing extensive evidence, he learns about their 'enhanced interrogation techniques'—proven to be brutal, immoral, and ineffective—that the CIA adopted after 9/11. When Jones and the Senate Intelligence Committee attempt to release the results from his investigation, however, the CIA and White House go to great lengths to prevent the truth from getting out.[1]



The project was announced in April 2018 with Scott Z. Burns directing and writing while Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Morrison were signed on to star.[2][3]

The film began production on April 16, 2018 in New York[4] with Tim Blake Nelson, Ben McKenzie, Matthew Rhys, Ted Levine and Michael C. Hall added to the cast the following month.[5] In June 2018, Maura Tierney joined the cast.[6]


It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2019.[7] Shortly after, Amazon Studios acquired distribution rights to the film.[8] It is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on September 27, 2019, before being released on Prime Video two weeks later on October 11.[9]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 94% based on 31 reviews, with an average rating of 8.13/10. 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."[10] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 79 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[11]


  1. ^ "The Report". Sundance Institute. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  2. ^ Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Morrison In Talks To Join Scott Z. Burns' CIA Drama From VICE Studios
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (April 4, 2018). "Annette Bening, Adam Driver, Jon Hamm in Talks for CIA Drama 'Torture Report'". Variety. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Perez, Rodrigo (April 12, 2018). "Steven Soderbergh Shooting 'Panama Papers' Movie Next, Title Revealed". The Playlist. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  5. ^ The Torture Report': Tim Blake Nelson, Ben McKenzie, Matthew Rhys & More Round Cast Of CIA Drama – Cannes
  6. ^ Maura Tierney Joins CIA Drama 'The Torture Report'
  7. ^ Debruge, Peter (November 28, 2018). "Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2019 Features Lineup". Variety. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  8. ^ Lang, Brent; Donnelly, Matt (January 28, 2019). "Sundance: Amazon Nabs Adam Driver Political Thriller 'The Report' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ "The Report (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  11. ^ "The Repoet reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 18, 2019.

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