Snowden Reviews

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July 9, 2019
Snowden is a plodding, pedantic exercise in how not to approach culturally compelling material, featuring one of the most laughable lead performances in an alleged prestige picture.
May 1, 2019
Snowden is a missed opportunity, a subject that might have been better in the hands of a different director, regardless of Stone's considerable talent.
December 10, 2018
SNOWDEN finds a way to be simultaneously fast-moving and painfully sluggish.
November 5, 2018
A biopic about a man of great courage with none of its own.
November 1, 2018
If you love Edward Snowden, you'll probably enjoy Snowden. If you have mixed feeling about Edward Snowden, you'll probably have mixed feeling about Snowden.
October 31, 2018
In sum, the questions that Snowden raises are essential to understand our time, but Stone's version is not adequate to address them. [Full review in Spanish]
August 30, 2018
Just watch "Citizenfour."
March 21, 2018
Yet although Gordon-Levitt presence helps to keep us invested in the story, you'll be left wondering how this dull, overlong film might have turned out in the hands of a less bombastic filmmaker.
December 21, 2017
At most, Snowden's presentation as a hero might anger those who are 
revolted by what he did, but even this aspect of the film bears a temperate character, like the 
picture as a whole.
October 17, 2017
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, in the title role, and Shailene Woodley, as his long-time girlfriend Lindsay Mills, are decent enough, but there's a smug, self-righteous air to proceedings that makes it hard to warm to.
September 29, 2017
Snowden, though, contains another shock: that Stone (of all people) somehow turns all of this-and more-into a square, boring movie.
August 10, 2017
But what [Snowden] mostly adds up to is a strange, disappointing movie.
June 20, 2017
With Snowden, Stone seems fresh outta crazy. Too bad, because a pop of his patented lunacy would've helped.
December 31, 2016
Depending your politics, Snowden's revelations about the US secret electronic surveillance system make him a patriot or a traitor. Stone is so determined to show him as the former, he also makes him a bit of a bore.
December 31, 2016
Stone explains Snowden with ease: he turned whistleblower because The Man went after the woman he loved. The problem, as in Citizenfour, is that Snowden is telling a story that isn't finished yet.
December 26, 2016
Snowden has a few elements working in its favor, but when it comes to telling the more important parts of his career, it falls a little flat thanks to a by-the-numbers screenplay that isn't able to keep up the decent levels of engagement it began with.
December 20, 2016
A clunky and turgid affair, albeit one with a few bizarre moments thrown into the mix to keep audiences on their toes.
December 18, 2016
Since 2013, no dinner party has been safe from discussion of the morality of the NSA whistleblower who leaked hugely sensitive information... Three years on, this pointless film runs through it all over again.
December 11, 2016
What he, and the film, lacks is a burning do-or-die conviction that he was in the right. As a piece of agitprop if nothing else, therefore, the film is a failure.
December 9, 2016
It is, by any measure, a fascinating 21st-century tale. But Stone turns it into Leftist propaganda ...
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