• R, 2 hr. 4 min.
  • Documentary, Drama
  • Directed By:    Bill Condon
  • In Theaters:    Oct 18, 2013 Wide
  • On DVD:    Jan 28, 2014
  • Walt Disney Pictures

The Fifth Estate Reviews

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Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor
February 1, 2014

The Fifth Estate is often guilty of spelling things out and over-simplifying matters, but it's absorbing in places and held together by two strong performances.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Schembri
November 14, 2013

The film is no love letter to [Julian] Assange. If he was worried about being portrayed as an arrogant git, an Aussie larrikin with a neat turn-of-phrase and a questionable concept of conscience, his fears are well-founded.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David 'Mad Dog' Bradley
Rip It Up
November 13, 2013

This might play the saga as a psychodrama with a bit of Bourne and even 'bromance' and yet, nevertheless, it works, and Cumberbatch is as close as you'll get to Assange without being arrested.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
November 10, 2013

A well-acted but uneven take on recent events that feels strangely superfluous.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
November 9, 2013

Cumberbatch is fetching as Assange, and he manages to sound convincingly similar; he also captures the mannerisms. But more importantly, he conveys the deadpan egotism and edgy self promotion, coupled with a fervent belief in his own messianic status

Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
November 9, 2013

It tries to pack in far too much material, but where The Fifth Estate is spectacularly successful is in leaving an impression of the character and duplicitous morals of WikiLeaks founder and self-hailed celebrity, Julian Assange

Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
November 6, 2013

The Fifth Estate is Woodward VS Bernstein.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 31, 2013

The movie runs out of gas but the news story has legs that won't quit.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker
Top Critic
October 21, 2013

As nervy and as excitable as the trade that it depicts.

Pete Hammond
October 19, 2013

Smart,intelligent that plays like a current 'All The President's Men' , a journalistic thriller with lots of pertinent questions but no real answers.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Macklin
October 19, 2013

The Fifth Estate is a film about audacity made without audacity.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kirk Honeycutt
October 18, 2013

Like the non-fiction novels that followed Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, Bill Condon uses Hollywood moviemaking techniques to get to the heart of the matter

Full Review | Original Score: 6
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
October 18, 2013

History will judge these pioneers of rogue media, but, as far as this version --- it's too tame to be of any great interest.

David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
October 18, 2013

Despite its mostly frantic pacing and considerable ambition, it lacks true entertainment value because the aforementioned dilemma is not presented as a dire situation for the viewer.

Todd Jorgenson
October 18, 2013

Regardless of the preconceived notions of the audience, the slick and well-acted film maintains consistent tension.

Dave White
October 18, 2013

This needed to be a 10-hour miniseries on HBO, there's that much ground to cover.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Top Critic
October 18, 2013

The Fifth Estate is also as current as a news feed, filling in the disputed facts about Assange's life beyond the headlines and chronicling the revolution that has upended the media landscape in the last decade.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
October 18, 2013

An intriguing character study that is exceedingly timely and relevant.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 18, 2013

"The Fifth Estate" plays like three different stylistic takes on WikiLeaks' greatest hits, with seemingly important secondary characters (Moritz Bleibtreu, "Run Lola Run," as WikiLeaks server/security guru Marcus) lost in the shuffle.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Matthew Razak
October 18, 2013

I really want to see the movie that Cumberbatch thought he was in because his performance has so many interesting aspects it couldn't possibly be for what amounts to a nearly paint by numbers thriller.

Full Review | Original Score: 52/100
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