I personally thought The Big Short was a far superior film. The acting was far more extraordinary in my opinion. The entire scope and tone of the film was far more passionate.
The critics love Spotlight more because it glorifies journalism. I have watched a lot of tv specials and investigative specials on the subject of child abuse within The Catholic Church.
I have watched episodes of Law and Order: SVU that were more compelling that Spotlight. Spotlight doesn’t strike new ground at all. I would recommend watching Doubt, Deliver Us From Evil, The Boys of St. Vincent, Hand of God, and Twist of Faith. Compare those films and documentaries to Spotlight. I know there are a lot more examples. There have been a lot of crime series’ on tv that have dealt with this subject matter.