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Risk poses knotty questions regarding documentary filmmaking ethics, but remains consistently compelling despite its flaws. Read critic reviews

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Filmmaker Laura Poitras gains unprecedented access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his team for six years.

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Sam Esmail
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Michael Bloom
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Adam Pincus
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Charlotte Cook
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AJ Schnack
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Jess Search
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Critic Reviews for Risk

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  • Poitras captures all of this in images that shimmer with clarity and precision. There's something wonderfully clear-eyed about Risk, even as the questions and moods it ignites are murky and unsettling.

    August 10, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The access is impressive, and the oily, paranoid and "ruthlessly pragmatic" persona that emerges here is candid enough despite Poitras's intermittent narration.

    July 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A serviceable portrait of vanity.

    June 30, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Julian Assange is less than delighted by Laura Poitras's intimate documentary, filmed over six years with the co-operation of the controversial founder of WikiLeaks.

    June 30, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's to Poitras's credit that she tries delving into the subtler, more inward and more intransigent workings of the Assange brain. Her spoon here is shaped more like a surgical scalpel.

    June 29, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A jaw-dropping profile of one man's battle with world governments, common decency and his own out-of-control ego.

    June 28, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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  • May 13, 2017
    Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras won an Oscar for her 2014 film Citizenfour that followed Edward Snowden in his last hours as a free man. It was exciting, insightful, and had an exclusivity that made it a must-watch for a pertinent political issue. Apparently, she made that movie in between work she had already started on a feature documentary about Julian Assange and Wikileaks back in 2011. Risk, the finished product years in the making, is clearly no Citizenfour. The one selling point it has is its exclusivity, being trusted alongside Assange and recording all sorts of personal footage. Except what we end up getting is meaningless stuff like Assange getting a haircut and being interviewed by Lady Gaga. Strangely, the most compelling moments of the documentary occur off screen or are hastily cast aside in voice over by Poitras. The filmmaker herself was drawn into the story when she started having a sexual relationship with one of the head Wikileaks guys, a man who she later says was abusive to her friend and was accused of being sexually abusive to others. That angle should have been the focal point of the movie, a filmmaker acknowledging she's lost her objectivity and questioning the motives of the men who might have good ideals but not be good people. There aren't any new insights into Assange or Wikileaks or its fallout, and its connections to the 2016 presidential election hack, which would provide the film with a spark of relevancy, are haphazardly addressed in a truncated closing ten minutes. There really isn't a compelling reason for this documentary to exist, and the reasons it should have don't materialize. Go watch Alex Gibney's Wikileaks doc, or Poitras' own Citizenfour instead. Nate's Grade: C
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