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The Fifth Estate Reviews

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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
March 27, 2015
This breathless thriller that treats the speed of data as a matter of life and death.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5
November 10, 2013
A well-acted but uneven take on recent events that feels strangely superfluous.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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
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
November 6, 2013
The Fifth Estate is Woodward VS Bernstein.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 31, 2013
The movie runs out of gas but the news story has legs that won't quit.
October 21, 2013
As nervy and as excitable as the trade that it depicts.
October 19, 2013
Smart,intelligent that plays like a current 'All The President's Men' , a journalistic thriller with lots of pertinent questions but no real answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 19, 2013
The Fifth Estate is a film about audacity made without audacity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 18, 2013
Like the non-fiction novels that followed Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, Bill Condon uses Hollywood moviemaking techniques to get to the heart of the matter
Full Review | Original Score: 6
October 18, 2013
History will judge these pioneers of rogue media, but, as far as this version --- it's too tame to be of any great interest.
October 18, 2013
Despite its mostly frantic pacing and considerable ambition, it lacks true entertainment value because the aforementioned dilemma is not presented as a dire situation for the viewer.
October 18, 2013
Regardless of the preconceived notions of the audience, the slick and well-acted film maintains consistent tension.
October 18, 2013
This needed to be a 10-hour miniseries on HBO, there's that much ground to cover.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
October 18, 2013
An intriguing character study that is exceedingly timely and relevant.
Read More | Original Score: B
October 18, 2013
"The Fifth Estate" plays like three different stylistic takes on WikiLeaks' greatest hits, with seemingly important secondary characters (Moritz Bleibtreu, "Run Lola Run," as WikiLeaks server/security guru Marcus) lost in the shuffle.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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