The Fifth Estate Reviews

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August 27, 2019
You can't make a character study of a man with this many secrets and you can't make a thriller out of people typing.
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.
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 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 4, 2014
Benedict Cumberbatch's performance is the knockout, precise, conflicted, mysterioso, wily, his own charm alloyed with the Aussie oddness of Assange.
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.
February 9, 2014
A great performance surrounded by a very bad movie.
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.
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.
January 22, 2014
Despite an impressive turn by star Benedict Cumberbatch it fails to deliver on its initial promise.
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.
November 26, 2013
Nothing condescends to savvy cinemagoers quite like characters who directly articulate a film's subtext.
November 26, 2013
There's nothing in The Fifth Estate that will challenge opinions or give a fresh perspective on Assange and Wikileaks.
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.
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