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We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks Reviews

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Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
May 20, 2013
We Steal Secrets lacks perspective and still feels wrapped in secrets and lies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 25, 2013
It doesn't offer any new or surprising information or any profound analysis, so it barely scratches the multifaceted surface of Assange and remains slightly undercooked.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.751/10
February 28, 2016
We Steal Secrets is more earnest than exciting.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
May 21, 2013
Gibney, a prolific and skilled documentarian, marshals and organizes a raft of information as deftly as anyone could wish. But his conclusions are murkier than they might be.
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David Fear
Time Out
May 21, 2013
You'll leave knowing slightly more about the who, what and why of WikiLeaks; you'll also wish the whole shebang didn't fell like such a tone-deaf data dump overall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Louis Proyect
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.
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.
D'Arcy Doran
Little White Lies
July 11, 2013
This is saying something important. Check your Facebook settings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
July 3, 2013
A fascinating insight into Wikileaks and the two men behind the world's largest ever whistleblowing scandal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
May 23, 2013
"Secrets" teases out unforgettable portraits of two very different men.
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
Hannah McGill
The List
July 2, 2013
It portrays a seething nest of highly volatile personalities whose motivations are fraught with ambiguities and contradictions, and a chain of actions and reactions the full impact of which has yet to be measured.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
May 23, 2013
Those looking for a summary of the WikiLeaks phenomenon-from the big leaks to the major shifts in public perception about Assange and his cause-won't find a more cleanly delineated version.
Full Review | Original Score: B
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
July 3, 2013
If you're looking for a really comprehensive, clear, evenhanded and thoroughly entertaining examination of, well, the story of WikiLeaks, master documentarian Alex Gibney has gone to the trouble of providing you with one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
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
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
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
July 7, 2013
Alex Gibney has shone his spotlight into a few dark corners and shown us something worthy of discussion.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nathan Southern
TV Guide
May 24, 2013
The movie is so beautifully crafted and realized that it might well be called flawless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
May 31, 2013
The film is fascinating and provocative, deftly navigating complex personalities and shifting allegiances.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.2/10
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