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February 28, 2016
We Steal Secrets is more earnest than exciting.
Adrianne Jeffries
The Verge
January 22, 2014
Gibney does a good job surveying the history of WikiLeaks, but unfortunately, there is little left to say.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
October 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.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 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?
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
July 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.
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
July 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 13, 2013
Outstanding, cool-headed documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 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.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
July 12, 2013
A breathless, dazzling and mind-blowingly complex 130-minute story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
July 12, 2013
I'd have liked to know more about his private life and background but Gibney has too much other ground to cover.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
July 12, 2013
We Steal Secrets is much concerned with conspiracy theories and may well wind up fuelling new ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
July 11, 2013
With a subject matter that oddly feels both timely and out-of-date, this documentary is packed with telling details about WikiLeaks, Although it gets muddy as it delves into the lives of founder Julian Assange and whistleblower Bradley Manning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
D'Arcy Doran
Little White Lies
July 11, 2013
This is saying something important. Check your Facebook settings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 11, 2013
This is an expertly organised documentary; Gibney's always are.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Concannon
The Skinny
July 9, 2013
In truth, there's little in Alex Gibney's film that won't be familiar to attentive news watchers, but this skilled documentarian has mastered the art of condensing a vast and complex amount of information into a gripping and entertaining package.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
July 9, 2013
This thorough, engrossing film shows how idealistic Aussie hacker Julian Assange took on the might of the US, exposing their military and diplomatic misconduct, then allowed his own murky personal life to tarnish his credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emma Dibdin
Digital Spy
July 9, 2013
The range of Gibney's subjects, the rigour of his research and the complexity of his questions make We Steal Secrets breathlessly compelling, but it's the moments of psychological probing that haunt the most.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
July 8, 2013
Noxious government activities may warrant exposure, but Gibney points out that the whistleblowers can be pretty flawed too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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