Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 42
  2. Negative: 2 out of 42
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Oct 16, 2013
    83
    The Fifth Estate is flawed (it grips the brain but not the heart), yet it feverishly exposes the tenor of whistle-blowing in the brave new world, with the Internet as a billboard for anyone out to spill secrets. Call it the anti-social network.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Oct 18, 2013
    2
    As Benedict Cumberbatch playing Julian Assange states during the course of this tedious Wiki leaks drama 'It's amazing that someone can speak for 10 minutes and say absolutely nothing'. This moment of insight sums up my reaction to this pompous and self congratulatory film, only instead of 10 minutes substitute about 90!
    The film starts slowly and never engagingly hooks the interest and the unfolding is confused and confusing for anyone not familiar with the case. The dialogue alternates between the banal and the pretentious and there is really just too much going on. I don't know how accurate the performances are but they provide little in way of compensation.

    When we get to the film's raison d'etre, the publication of thousands of government cables, interest is raised slightly, but by this point (around the 90 minute mark?) news of the missed opportunity that the film undoubtedly is has already been leaked.
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  2. Oct 19, 2013
    7
    Although you'd expect this to be all about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), it spends equal time on the involvement of early collaborator Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl). The story follows the growth and influence of the site thru its most significant releases and their consequences. Since it's directed by Bill Condon you can expect exceptional performances all around. Cumberbatch's creation of Assange is compelling and totally believable. Toss in lots of cool locations, interesting cinematography, edgy music and cool graphic treatments. The pace never lags and actually manages to build some tension. This films offers an interesting background packaged into a well-made, engaging upload. Full Review »
  3. Oct 18, 2013
    1
    terrible movie. not interesting at all. Tries to hype a situation and make a lot of political statements. Not worth the time it takes to watch. Terrible. Full Review »