Citizenfour Reviews

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February 18, 2015
There's footage from within the Ecuadorian embassy in London as Julian Assange helps with the flight that takes Snowden to Moscow, where he claims political asylum. These scenes give the film an unprecedented level of immediacy and dramatic tension.
January 5, 2015
Poitras' movie works even better as a horror picture -- perfect for Halloween week.
January 5, 2015
This thoughtful film is designed with taste.
January 5, 2015
The message of the movie is as clear as Siberian ice: Whether you're a Tea Partier, an Occupier or just an ordinary Joe, you might be the next citizen who's stranded in limbo.
January 5, 2015
Filmmaker Laura Poitras paints a frankly terrifying picture of the loss of liberty involved in the widespread government gathering of the communication done by ordinary Joes on a daily basis.
November 20, 2014
Citizenfour argues that when we lose our personal privacy, we also lose our liberty, because fear overcomes our freedom of speech.
November 13, 2014
Citizenfour plays like a thriller as it chronicles a complex and vitally important chapter in our history.
November 7, 2014
The documentary of the year may also be its most hair-raising thriller.
November 6, 2014
So explosive, it's one of the most riveting films you'll see this year.
November 6, 2014
This isn't just a documentary -- this is history.
October 31, 2014
This is a complicated story, but it's efficiently laid out by Poitras in this smartly edited project.
October 30, 2014
If you think Snowden is a traitor, you should probably see it. If you think he's a hero, you should probably see it. If you haven't made up your mind - well, you get the idea.
October 30, 2014
Alarming in the best sense of the word.
October 30, 2014
A first-hand, up-close account of Snowden that allows us to meet and judge the man for ourselves.
October 30, 2014
The film works, whatever your ethical stance on Snowden, because it's more procedural than polemic.
October 30, 2014
Snowden has been called a traitor, but here he comes off as a decent man trying to do the right thing, if however awkwardly (or illegally).
October 24, 2014
In the end, there isn't that much to the movie apart from what Snowden has to say. Fortunately, that proves to be enough.
October 24, 2014
It's hard to overstate the film's achievement.
October 24, 2014
Laura Poitras may be guilty of taking Snowden at face value, but she succeeds brilliantly in evoking a shadow villain intent on world domination. Big Brother is back, baby, and he's gone digital.
October 24, 2014
As we watch the T-shirted Snowden, sitting on his messy hotel bed with his little laptop, set the stage for what is to come, the vast disjunction between these mundane surroundings and his imminent, world-shattering revelations is almost comical.
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