Reviews: The Fifth Estate (2013)

fifth_estateReviews for this film from our members:

  • Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
    • Excerpt: kako bi izgledala biografija Solženjicina u produkciji sovjetskog “Mosfiljma” 1970-ih
  • Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas
    • Excerpt: Benedict Cumberbatch shines as Julian Assange, but the WikiLeaks story remains ill-suited to film.
  • Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled
    • Excerpt: Benedict Cumberbatch makes such a fascinating Julian Assange that it only focuses attention on the problems with Bill Condon’s portrait of Assange, WikiLeaks and the Bradley Manning revelations.
  • Luke Bonanno @
    • Excerpt: I suspect that the story of how “Papa” John Schnatter founded the popular chain in 1983 in a broom closet in the back of his father’s Indiana tavern would make a more fascinating film than this.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
    • Excerpt: Drama about the controversial information freedom fighter made worth seeing by Benedict Cumberbach’s tour de force performance.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The Fifth Estate plays like three different stylistic takes on WikiLeaks greatest hits, with seemingly important secondary characters (Moritz Bleibtreu, “Run Lola Run,” as WikiLeaks server/security guru Marcus) lost in the shuffle.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [T]his is a neutered account of recent history.
  • Takis Gkaris @ [Greek]
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Chaotic and speculative, it haphazardly reveals the state of 21st century internet journalism which, seemingly, lacks any semblance of accountability.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • [New – 5/8/14] | A.J. Hakari @ CineSlice
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: Might be interesting if it had enough passion and guts to take a stand, but ends up in the mushy middle of the road, which surely sprang from a desire to be “fair” and “balanced.”
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: A wide audience for a film like The Fifth Estate may be a good thing, especially if it enrages and leads to further reading. As likely as this may or may not be, the fact remains that, The Fifth Estate is just not angry enough.
  • Jason McKiernan @ Film Racket
    • Excerpt: Irony of ironies – the much-anticipated “WikiLeaks Movie,” which dramatizes the inception of an organization responsible for some the most incendiary and controversial information leaks in recent history, turns out to be a rote, by-the-numbers thriller.
  • Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Web of deceit.
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Not enough time has passed for The Fifth Estate to be anything but smartly composed regurgitated reportage. The Fifth Estate is thus both timely cinema and old news. – See more at:
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: Here is a very entertaining Hollywood movie packed with propaganda attempts to tarnish Julian Assange in an inherently personal way.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
    • Excerpt: Though aspiring to be a hybrid of that film and something like All The President’s Men is admirable, The Fifth Estate doesn’t come within spitting distance of either.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: As fascinating as its protagonist, but just about as flawed.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: It’s not the film’s bias that unsettles so much as its triteness.

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