She Said

New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor break one of the most important stories in a generation — a story that helped launch the #MeToo movement and shattered decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood.

  • Released: 2022-11-17
  • Runtime: 129 minutes
  • Genre: Drama
  • Stars: Zoe Kazan, Carey Mulligan, Patricia Clarkson, Andre Braugher, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Morton, Angela Yeoh, Tom Pelphrey, Adam Shapiro, Maren Heary, Sean Cullen, Anastasia Barzee, Keilly McQuail, Hilary Greer, Tina WongLu, Nancy Ellen Shore, Wesley Holloway, Stephen Dexter, Ruby Thomas, Emma Clare O'Connor, Brad Neilley, Stephanie Heitman, Jason Hewitt, Sujata Eyrick, Justine Colan, Steven Bitterman, Liam Edwards, Norah Feliciano, Kareemeh Odeh, Anita Sabherwal, Kelly Rian Sanson, Lauren Yaffe, George Walsh, Dalya Knapp, Maren Lord, Elle Graham
  • Director: Maria Schrader
  • martinpersson97 - 15 March 2024
    One of the best films of the year
    This incredible drama, by an acclaimed director, and showcasing some truly important and poignant topics, is definitely one of the finer and most well put together films of 2022.

    The actors all do an incredible job, many of them big names, and everyone doing a rather career defining job. Very emotional, heartbreaking and overall very nuanced. All of this accompined by a very real, very finely written and paced script for the ages. Very important topics that are being dealt with, indeed.

    The cinematography, cutting and editing is great, and the film is overall very beautifully put together.

    Overall, definitely an important and very well made drama, that is highly recommended!
  • henry8-3 - 20 August 2023
    She Said
    True story of New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor (Zoe Kazan) and Megan Twohey (Carey Mulligan) who set out to expose the sexual abuse and bullying perpetrated by powerful Miramax producer Harvey Weinstein against huge numbers of women. In investigating this they must fight an endless parade of lawyers and supporters of Weinstein and persuade victims who are too frightened to go on the record.

    Films like this eg Spotlight, All the President's Men where powerful people and institutions are brought down by the power of strong journalism are always tricky as you largely know the outcome. It is therefore reliant on good writing and performances to maintain the tension and interest. Pleasingly this achieves this and very quietly really, with stonking relaxed and believable turns from the two principals and great support from Patricia Clarkson (their editor), Jennifer Ehle, (an early victim) Peter Friedman (a slippery Weinstein lawyer) and particularly for me, Andre Braugher who is gentle, strong, polite and not remotely intimidated by Weinstein. Good film - still shocking how many powerful people and institutions sided with Weinstein, lied and covered his back.
  • goshamorrell - 11 January 2023
    SHE SAID is a quiet thriller that speaks many voices and volumes that need to be heard, It will be hard to watch SHE SAID, but It needs to be watched by every generation
    SHE SAID is a quiet thriller that speaks many voices and volumes that need to be heard, It will be hard to watch SHE SAID, but It needs to be watched by every generation and has to be addressed. In February 2020, a New York jury found Harvey Weinstein, the producer whose films had won dozens of Oscars, guilty of criminal sexual assault and rape. Now, two and a half years later, he is again on trial, in California, facing 11 further charges. Jurors in this trial received a particular instruction: The judge barred them from watching the trailer for "She Said." Others have largely eluded consequences. Debate continues about whether the movement has gone too far or not far enough. Already, some Hollywood industry leaders have observed a regression, if not an outright backlash. This is the contentious climate in which the film arrives. "She Said," directed by Maria Schrader from a script by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, is built solid and low to the ground, as if designed to withstand these shifts in cultural winds. "She Said" opens not in the newsroom or in one of the hotel suites that Weinstein preferred, but in rural Ireland in 1992 when a young woman encounters a film crew, which swiftly adopts her. But only seconds later she is shown running down a city street, panicked - a victim, it would seem, of assault. In the film, as in life, the reporters benefit from a lucky break or two - a source within the Weinstein Company (Zach Grenier), an admission by a Weinstein lawyer (Peter Friedman). But "She Said" largely stresses the unglamorous grind of an investigation: the phone calls, the doorstepping, the delicate moral suasion that reporters use to convince sources to trust them. Here is the argument Twohey uses with the women she speaks with: "I can't change what happened to you in the past, but together we may be able to use your experience to help protect other people." "She Said" details a triumph of journalistic sympathy and precision. What will become of the real-world movement this reporting kindled? The jury's still out.
  • dolive-578-564987 - 30 December 2022
    An important movie. And intriguing...
    It's no exaggeration that the story painstakingly brought to light by The New York Times and its remarkable reporters has changed the world. There is pre- and post-Weinstein revelations, with sexual abuse since - and quickly - revealed to be widespread. And there has been a tremendous reckoning for the abuse, with people in high places abruptly ousted from power, a phenomenon that continues.

    Why a movie, when we already know most of this life-altering story? Because only the movie can convey the tension for all parties that spanned the entire investigation. The fear that Harvey Weinstein, Miramax and Hollywood itself would rise and destroy or at least grievously harm Weinstein's victims to shut them up (they'd already tried to do so with hush money), as well as two reporters pretty much alone with all the information they had gleaned, and knowing the danger that put them in.

    I confess I write this as a mainstream newspaper columnist and magazine reporter, a 40 year veteran of journalism. Even though the mighty Times has your back, as with "Woodstein" and The Washington Post, there are moments when you feel alone and your life to be in jeopardy.

    And finally the greatest fear, "What if we get this wrong?" The journalist's chief responsibility, as that of the doctor, is "First, do no harm."

    This very good movie does not glamorize journalism. It is restrained in its sympathy for the victims. And it has a slow enough pace, though it so compelling it goes by quickly, that you can see the details of these truth-seekers work.

    A fine show, all around.
  • CarolineFR69 - 21 December 2022
    Good actresses, good story, missing another view
    That is the kind of movie I watch, knowing very well that I will cry my eyes out, and want to kill a few people in there. We follow New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey as they unravel the whole Harvey Weinstein case. Talking to key witnesses, their struggles when they worked for Weinstein, the omerta on the whole situation that everyone knows exist, and the opposition basically stating that women were looking for it, or that it's what the business does. The whole movie starts with a tip on Rose McGowan's sexual assault and ends on 5th October 2017 with the publication of the article 'Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades'. I think the movie would have gained from showing the personalities that continued to talk for Weinstein during this period, showing that it was not only his lawyers and entourage that covered his actions. Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan work very well together, and show the toll the whole case took on both journalists. To watch if you like that kind of movie.
  • ztigr - 14 December 2022
    Way too easy on the famous people
    Sure we know the famous victims, but not once does the movie hint at the famous enablers who knew what was going on but still did nothing. This story gives the facts you already know, but plays like a poor version of All The Presidents Men sans any of the men. If you watched this movie you would think no one but the victims knew what was going on, when in reality the rumors had been whirling around for years. Remember Weinstein had just gitten a standing ovation at the Oscars a couple of years before bt the Damons, Afflecks, Streeps, Tarantinos of the world, and they all had at least heard the rumors then. So this movie did nothing to add to the discussion in my book.
  • jonny_mcclatch - 11 December 2022
    Accurate and well acted.
    It isn't the easiest watch at times because of what the subjects the film has to touch on. But I feel that's part of why it's also entirely worth seeing. I've noticed a lot of the more negative reviews on here feel the story offers nothing new, but that's entirely subjective depending on how much you personally read into it at the time.

    It is an excellent summary of what happened, the stories of a lot of these women and the failures they faced from the legal system, Miramax and a lot of the people around them.

    Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan are both excellent and really show the amount of work that had to be done to eventually stop the man and the emotions Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor must have went through over the course of the investigations.
  • imseeg - 7 December 2022
    The actual story is way more intense and dramatic then this bland movie adaptation.
    Not any good? Well, Carey Mulligan is a favorite actress of mine and she was THE reason I started watching it. And she does act well. (when doesnt she?), BUT...

    The bad: this movie is void of real drama. That's incredible, when you think this is one of the most (if not) THE most explosive story Hollywood has faced the last decade. But what we as viewers actually get to see are LOTS OF BLAND talking scenes in boardrooms, with lots of supporting actors who are there there, without any real merit to the stories dramatic arch.

    Perhaps it adds new insights? New angles of looking at sexual intimidation and violence? Nope, the story is straightforward simple, longwinding and TEDIOUS.

    Not terrible, but terribly bland, because it is severely lacking in true heartfelt drama.
  • jroze13-18-86744 - 4 December 2022
    Top tier film.
    This is powerful story telling at its finest, the movie is not driven by the characters but by the essence of what is being told to us. We go alongside the investigative reporters in a story we already know that suddenly becomes so personal even though it is on the big screen. Yet another outing that proves that fact based accounts are some of the best, these woman did not rest until the truth came out. This is a movie everyone should see, just to understand how things may not always be how they appear on the surface. We can not be afraid to ask questions when something is not right, we can not stay silent.
  • justenm123 - 30 November 2022
    Very Entertaining
    Dang did I enjoy this movie. To handle a topic such as this one and not have it be the most incredibly depressing 2 hours is already a heroic feat. Don't get me wrong, the film is heartbreaking, but it's also so empowering.

    I am a sucker for a journalism movie (Spotlight, All the President's Men), so I may be biased, but I found myself glued to what was happening throughout. Zoe Kazan and Carey Muligan give incredible performances and continuously force you to cheer for each of their character's journeys.

    Was it the best movie ever made? No. Was I entertained? Definitely. It told a story that was begging to be on the screen.