Citizenfour Reviews

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August 8, 2019
So much is revealed by those leaks that it would be easy for Poitras to have buried us in data. But she lets the film unfold as a character study, with long silences and lingering close-ups as we watch Snowden come to terms...
March 11, 2019
Citizenfour, I had to keep reminding myself, shows us history in the making. I had to keep telling myself what I was seeing was important because most of it is otherwise pretty dull.
December 31, 2018
Watching this real-time whistleblowing is nothing short of unbelievable.
December 8, 2018
Poitras takes the facts at face value considering her source is an enemy of the state, but the revelations are no less reeling.
November 16, 2018
What seems most remarkable in that hotel room in Hong Kong is Snowden's freedom from anxiety.
November 8, 2018
Laura Poitras took on a massive project when she set out to make CitizenFour, and she succeeds in capturing and unveiling this extraordinary moment in journalism that we, on the outside, never see.
August 24, 2017
Citizenfour creates a powerful dystopia.
August 16, 2017
The profoundly personal cost of taking action is rendered explicit in the story of Edward Snowden.
November 18, 2016
Poitras isn't there to question his motives or the rightness of his cause, she's there to bear witness. This film is her document on why his actions matter and what it cost Snowden.
June 15, 2016
[1984] is looking less like fiction with each passing day.
May 22, 2016
Yes, we should be concerned about what our government is up to, but we should also be skeptical of Citizenfour.
May 10, 2016
This is film as activism, and documentary filmmaking as dissension.
April 26, 2016
This is a brave, bold and important film.
April 6, 2016
For all the film's superficial slickness, it's a mess.
April 2, 2016
As much as it resembles a conspiracy thriller in which data encryption is a survival tactic, Citizenfour must be considered, above all, a journalistic achievement.
February 26, 2016
The most frightening aspect of the documentary is a suggestion that this is only the dawn of what's to come.
December 30, 2015
A risky and revelatory documentary weakened only by its awesome source.
November 5, 2015
Although Snowden has been depicted by his detractors as a gutless, narcissistic traitor fleeing the law, the Edward Snowden I saw in this film is quite different. He is very intelligent and is aware of the cost of his actions to himself and others.
September 15, 2015
Bold docu explores Edward Snowden's controversial actions.
March 12, 2015
Citizenfour (named after Snowden's codename of choice) is paced like the great paranoid-man political thrillers of the 1970s... Poitras makes this potentially-tedious exercise seem claustrophobic in the most enthralling way.
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