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We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists (2012)

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We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists is a documentary that takes us inside the world of Anonymous, the radical "hacktivist" collective that has redefined civil disobedience for the digital age. The film explores the historical roots of early hacktivist groups like Cult of the Dead Cow and Electronic Disturbance Theater and then follows Anonymous from 4chan to a full-blown movement with a global reach, one of the most transformative of our time. -- (C) Official Site

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The film is most illuminating in showing how democratic practice can still find a new voice and innovative means with each generation.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Former Frontline producer Brian Knappenberger's fascinating, incisive social history of the online network known as Anonymous ...

October 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Strong, entertaining portrait of a hard-to-pin-down online phenomenon.

October 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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A cumulative feeling of urgency and you-are-there world-beating are key to the pic's seductive appeal, though lack of informed dissenting opinions reps an unfortunate editorial choice.

October 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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A wildly engaging documentary that not only details the exploits of Anonymous, but also delves substantively inside the roots and culture of the group.

February 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
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There's no genuine discussion by anyone of tactics, ideology and ethics. Even arrogantly reframes the overthrow of Mubarak as an Anonymous-fuelled uprising. Aren't-we-f***in'-awesome! hubris bubbles out of the legion of remarkably inarticulate interviews.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Fills you in on a few names you know from the headlines

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

Both intriguing and frustrating, this documentary traces the recent evolution of computer hacking.

October 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
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Both a scholarly and entertaining look at the good people who brought the "one percent" to its feet through what amounted to the electronic version of sit-in's at segregated lunch counters in the 1960s.

October 21, 2012 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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The doc's straightforward and chronological structure is its own worst enemy.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Most provocative is the online communique networking in pursuit of information liberation and global justice, precipitating Occupy movements and the Arab Spring uprising. And as much of a surprise to the Anonymous collaborators as viewers of this movie.

October 13, 2012 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Who knew that the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement could be traced back in part to "Chocolate Rain" and LOLcats?

March 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Movies.com | Comment (1)

I went from ignorant to informed to impressed when presented with this tight and enjoyable compendium of all the major hacking incidents of the past several years.

March 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Twitch

A fascinating documentary that is scary no matter whom you side with.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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