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The Fifth Estate Reviews

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage
June 22, 2016
Yes a stellar cast was compiled, but it rings false nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
J. Olson
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
March 27, 2015
This breathless thriller that treats the speed of data as a matter of life and death.
Ray Pride
April 4, 2014
Benedict Cumberbatch's performance is the knockout, precise, conflicted, mysterioso, wily, his own charm alloyed with the Aussie oddness of Assange.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 24, 2014
The film never seems to know what it wants to be, or where it is going with all of these gimmicks, gadgets and subplots. It ends up as a yawner, a thriller with no thrills, history without context.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brogan Morris
Movie Mezzanine
February 9, 2014
A great performance surrounded by a very bad movie.
Dustin Putman
January 27, 2014
[Blu-ray Review] "The Fifth Estate" is not a disaster—far from it—but it is understandable why it failed to capture an audience or much critical support.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Beck
January 27, 2014
It had the opportunity to dazzle us with one of the biggest news stories of the last few years, but it never goes into enough depth, plot or character-wise, to get us involved, and because of that it merely becomes a forgettable film that had potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bryan Bishop
The Verge
January 22, 2014
Despite an impressive turn by star Benedict Cumberbatch it fails to deliver on its initial promise.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
January 21, 2014
Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl do a fine job of drawing us into their characters, but because 'The Fifth Estate' is an uneven and sometimes confusing thriller, it's not enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
November 26, 2013
Nothing condescends to savvy cinemagoers quite like characters who directly articulate a film's subtext.
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
November 26, 2013
There's nothing in The Fifth Estate that will challenge opinions or give a fresh perspective on Assange and Wikileaks.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 14, 2013
The film is no love letter to [Julian] Assange. If he was worried about being portrayed as an arrogant git, an Aussie larrikin with a neat turn-of-phrase and a questionable concept of conscience, his fears are well-founded.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Prigge
November 14, 2013
Cumberbatch, rocking white, stringy locks and some alien-like dance moves, does a fine 'SNL' impersonation. But he's sinister, not ambiguous - a loathsome hypocrite bound to inspire hit pieces like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matt Glasby
November 14, 2013
Perfectly serviceable - if far from subtle, like reading a Wikipedia page on CAPS LOCK.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 13, 2013
This might play the saga as a psychodrama with a bit of Bourne and even 'bromance' and yet, nevertheless, it works, and Cumberbatch is as close as you'll get to Assange without being arrested.
| Original Score: 3.5
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
November 11, 2013
A Wikileaks story that fails to match the drama of its real-life inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
November 10, 2013
A well-acted but uneven take on recent events that feels strangely superfluous.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
November 9, 2013
Cumberbatch is fetching as Assange, and he manages to sound convincingly similar; he also captures the mannerisms. But more importantly, he conveys the deadpan egotism and edgy self promotion, coupled with a fervent belief in his own messianic status
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
November 9, 2013
It tries to pack in far too much material, but where The Fifth Estate is spectacularly successful is in leaving an impression of the character and duplicitous morals of WikiLeaks founder and self-hailed celebrity, Julian Assange
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