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We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks Reviews

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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
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
June 13, 2013
Sometimes it takes a feature-length documentary to stitch together a story we think we already know.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
June 13, 2013
A psychological suspense film with an open ending that's more haunting than the tricky climaxes of most post-Hitchcock thrillers.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 6, 2013
A real-life cyber-thriller with real-life consequences, Alex Gibney's We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks is a riveting and revelatory documentary ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kristin Tillotson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 6, 2013
Gibney builds a remarkable level of suspense, given how exhaustively WikiLeaks has been covered in the media.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 6, 2013
Engaging, kinetic, revelatory and unexpected.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 6, 2013
At once an awkward mingling of two complex life stories and a gripping, necessary look at how information is gathered, shared and, yes, stolen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
June 3, 2013
Who is "We" in the title We Steal Secrets? There's no need for a spoiler alert, but it's neither Gibney nor Assange.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 3, 2013
Despite its wonky-Washington theme, We Steal Secrets ends up being a surprisingly soulful and, yes, even moving story of hubris, good intentions and mistakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 31, 2013
The sequence in which Manning confides in former hacker Adrian Lamo and gets turned in to the FBI supplies the kind of human drama that has made Gibney's work so engrossing in the past.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 30, 2013
The movie's especially deft at exposing spin, whether it's the US media's or Assange's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 24, 2013
The results are far more exciting than most Hollywood espionage thrillers.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
May 24, 2013
Alex Gibney's latest, "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks," is very good -- manage to do both.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 24, 2013
Unlike many other non-fiction filmmakers, Gibney is not interested in scoring easy points. He has a point of view, but he also wants to be fair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
May 24, 2013
How do you make this a motion picture? Some might call it sleight-of-hand, but it's something Mr. Gibney has proved himself adept at time and time again ...
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
May 23, 2013
A sprawling, ambitious, major work -- a gripping exploration of power, personality, technology and the crushing weight that can come to bear on those who find themselves in its combined path.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
May 23, 2013
For all its faults, "We Steal Secrets" reminds us that despite the potential of WikiLeaks, its project of truth and consequences remains treacherous and complicated in practice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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May 23, 2013
Even the movie's title, or rather the source of it, is a surprise.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 23, 2013
Future historians will find the ideal chronicle of our era in the superbly crafted "We Steal Secrets."
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 22, 2013
Despite Gibney's best efforts to put a halo on Manning, the enormity of what the soldier did towers over what has been done to him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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 Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 20, 2013
Much of the material is out there, but Gibney has a talent for creating a one-stop shop for anyone who wants to experience the full scope of this ugly, scary story.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
January 29, 2013
After a long run of Bush-critical pics, it's heartening to see Gibney shift his target to the current administration, demonstrating an ongoing willingness to take on the Man, whoever that may be.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
January 24, 2013
Alex Gibney's docu-portrait of WikiLeaks is both a juicy chronicle of recent history and a provocative reflection on the role of secrecy in an instant-access world.