The Fifth Estate Reviews

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October 21, 2013
As nervy and as excitable as the trade that it depicts.
October 21, 2013
The material covered in the production's 128 minutes is not only inherently non-cinematic but not remotely "thrilling," at least in the conventional sense.
October 18, 2013
The Fifth Estate is also as current as a news feed, filling in the disputed facts about Assange's life beyond the headlines and chronicling the revolution that has upended the media landscape in the last decade.
October 18, 2013
Director Bill Condon delivers an intelligent, dynamic, character-centered drama.
October 18, 2013
Condon and his screenwriter Josh Singer don't quite know what to make of this duo, perhaps because the men didn't quite know what to make of each other, either.
October 18, 2013
"The Fifth Estate" feels unfortunately small and safe.
March 5, 2019
Cumberbatch is by far The Fifth Estate's trump card, bequeathing us with a convincing impersonation of Assange. Sadly, that's all it is: an impersonation.
February 22, 2019
Given its own aggressive attention deficit disorder, The Fifth Estate is the sort of movie that might induce a migraine.
January 25, 2019
We understand and even sympathize with Daniel's crisis of conscience, but it is not enough to sustain the whole enterprise, and it would likely have been better to dramatize more of WikiLeaks' effects on the world and discuss them a bit less.
December 14, 2018
This noncommittal viewpoint of a "half WikiLeaks documentary/ half dramatic narrative" made for, ultimately, one mediocre film.
November 1, 2018
Nonetheless, this is an engaging portrayal of what will likely be a historical game changer in news and transparency.
September 5, 2018
Those in the know say Cumberbatch's performance captures the physical Assange perfectly, but the film fails to get a handle on him as a personality, or offer any kind of insight into what his true motivation might be.
August 22, 2018
Daniel Bruhl was highly watchable as Assange's second in command, and all these interesting people grappled with compelling questions about what their rights and responsibilities were towards the information they were handed.
August 14, 2018
Condon misuses his characters and tries to turn the film into a suspenseful high-stakes drama but falls very short in his execution.
March 6, 2018
This is absurdity piled on melodrama piled on rubbish trousers and weird Ikea furniture, a bad weekly meeting of the Hampstead chapter of Fathers 4 Justice with added Pantene.
November 18, 2017
A movie about Assange and WikiLeaks is bound to be tough to tackle and while it has a few things going for it, Condon could have scored better if he chose to focus deeper on Assange's admittedly complex and mysterious psyche.
June 22, 2016
Yes a stellar cast was compiled, but it rings false nonetheless.
April 10, 2016
There are real treasures to be had here, the most prestigious of which is an effortless turn from Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange.
March 27, 2015
This breathless thriller that treats the speed of data as a matter of life and death.
April 4, 2014
Benedict Cumberbatch's performance is the knockout, precise, conflicted, mysterioso, wily, his own charm alloyed with the Aussie oddness of Assange.
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