Reviews

Jun 19, 2020
Alex Gibney moves into an elite class of filmmakers with this timely tale of tormented whistleblowers.
Aug 28, 2019
[A] most compelling documentaries focused directly on the issues of intellectual property rights and definitions of privacy and secrecy in the digital age.
Nov 21, 2018
We Steal Secrets is a surprisingly even-handed look at a controversy with more than its share of fanatics on both sides.
Aug 23, 2018
Comprehensive, eloquent and provocative.
Jan 3, 2018
The film has access to some fascinating expert witnesses and commentators.
Oct 21, 2017
We're left instead with an impression as imperfect as the world Bradley Manning tried-and perhaps ultimately failed-to change.
Feb 6, 2017
We Steal Secrets: The Story Of WikiLeaks is a great documentary, not perfect by any means, but shocking and informative -- and sometimes you can't ask for too much more than that.
Feb 28, 2016
We Steal Secrets is more earnest than exciting.
Jan 22, 2014
Gibney does a good job surveying the history of WikiLeaks, but unfortunately, there is little left to say.
Jan 1, 2014
It isn't propaganda, it's journalism. This is a very controversial film among Assange's followers because it shows Assange to be less than the Messiah they think he is. This provides an exit from news echo chambers.
Oct 24, 2013
A subtle trashing of Wikileaks by someone echoing the outlook of the NYT and the Guardian--anxious to make a buck off of the leaks but anxious to preserve the status quo.
Jul 18, 2013
Words on the screen, their power to free you, and also entrap you - if this isn't the internet's deadly blessing, what is?
Jul 14, 2013
The film creates an astonishing picture of the complex new world of internet communications, intelligence and the ever-expanding web of post-cold war secrecy.
Jul 14, 2013
Having recently released documentaries on clerical abuse, Mario Cuomo, Park Avenue, Lance Armstrong and, now, WikiLeaks, Gibney seems in danger of becoming an actualité machine.
Jul 13, 2013
Outstanding, cool-headed documentary.
Jul 12, 2013
Compelling, enlightening and utterly accessible, Gibney's ultra-slick pop-doc cleaves through the thorniest thicket of contemporary political issues to find, at its heart, two wholly human stories.
Jul 12, 2013
A breathless, dazzling and mind-blowingly complex 130-minute story.
Jul 12, 2013
I'd have liked to know more about his private life and background but Gibney has too much other ground to cover.
Jul 12, 2013
We Steal Secrets is much concerned with conspiracy theories and may well wind up fuelling new ones.
Jul 11, 2013
A thorough and decently intentioned work, though it accepts a little too glibly the more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger line against Assange: that he is a fascinating radical who simply became a paranoid authoritarian.