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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+
Brogan Morris
Movie Mezzanine
February 9, 2014
A great performance surrounded by a very bad movie.
Bryan Bishop
The Verge
January 22, 2014
Despite an impressive turn by star Benedict Cumberbatch it fails to deliver on its initial promise.
Megan Girdwood
Paste Magazine
October 17, 2013
The question of who owns knowledge in a world where information is so rapidly and intangibly shared is at this film's heart, but it seems unsure of its position, retreating behind the very smokescreens it seeks to dispel.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Curtis Woloschuk
Willamette Week
October 21, 2013
There's perhaps nothing more cringe-inducing than a square's view of a radical subculture.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
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
William Bibbiani
October 17, 2013
Asks all the important questions but fails to answer the only one that matters: why should we care?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Ian Gilchrist
September 11, 2013
This efficient but uninspired work doesn't provide any more insight into the issue than a television docudrama would.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
October 17, 2013
Anyone interested in WikiLeaks and Assange in their multi-threaded intrigue would do well to seek out Alex Gibney's The Story of WikiLeaks and forget that this dud ever existed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
October 15, 2013
A film that, for all its restlessness, feels staid and dated.
Neil Pond
American Profile
October 22, 2013
Like the film's cold, bleak backdrops of Belgium and Germany, there's far too little warmth, wit or movie sunshine to penetrate the overarching sense of its own seriousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
October 15, 2013
The filmn is guilty of some of the same quick judgment it clearly doesn't endorse, exploiting Julian Assange's unmistakable appearance to help give itself a boogeyman.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tony Hicks
San Jose Mercury News
October 16, 2013
"The Fifth Estate" accomplishes its intent: offering some insight into an important milestone in history and prompting viewers to question and debate what they have just witnessed. Unfortunately, it takes too long to get there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Sexton
London Evening Standard
September 6, 2013
Watching people do stuff with computers isn't just as boring as watching paint dry, it's a lot more irritating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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+
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
October 15, 2013
No matter how elaborately you trick out the shot, watching actors type on computer keyboards just isn't all that dramatic; even if they're typing really, really hard and really, really fast.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark Keizer
Alt Film Guide
October 4, 2013
The only true take-away from the frantic, two-dimensional The Fifth Estate is that Julian Assange isn't championing moral justice as much as brand building and the inconvenience of accountability in the internet age.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 17, 2013
We're snowed by a great deal of intersecting and crisscrossing information in "The Fifth Estate," and Singer's script lacks organizational skills.
| Original Score: 2/4
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