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.
October 18, 2013
A feeble, reactionary drama.
October 18, 2013
"The Fifth Estate" tries to be a cross between "The Social Network" and "Zero Dark Thirty." Only it's more like "The Sociopath Network" meets "Zero Dumb Thirty."
October 18, 2013
It may be a bit chilly, but "The Fifth Estate" is good, scary information well-processed.
October 18, 2013
The problem with director Bill Condon's fictionalized account of all this is that, like WikiLeaks itself, there's way too much data to sift through.
October 18, 2013
It's not Wiki; it's just weak.
October 18, 2013
The Fifth Estate takes on the important 21st century question of information flow vs. privacy rights and fumbles it into a middling mishmash of techno thriller and future-of-journalism lecture.
October 17, 2013
The first narrative film portrait of the white-blond cyber bad boy feels undercooked and overwrought, haphazardly written and overdirected.
October 17, 2013
Benedict Cumberbatch restores mystery to the personality of WikiLeaks' founder, Julian Assange, and fascination to his role as a global crusader for free speech.
October 17, 2013
As much it claims urgency with current events and issues, it seems out of date, even coming just three years after the real events.
October 17, 2013
The movie can't quite decide what it thinks of [Assange] - or even if it should decide at all.
October 17, 2013
The movie feels both too soon and too late; an often skillful assemblage of bits and pieces, telling a story we already know and, ultimately, letting it fade away without an ending.
October 17, 2013
A fairly dull thriller about a hugely influential Internet phenomenon.
October 17, 2013
Exhausting in a new way, the movie is a data dump devoid of drama.
Top Critic
October 17, 2013
An entertaining if inevitably unreliable current events romp.
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