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6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 48
  2. Negative: 5 out of 48

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  1. Oct 25, 2013
    4
    Disappointing because he is such an impactful actor on the world stage but the movie didn't seem to convey a complete view of him. I found it choppy and some of the "fades" into imagined large work room with empty desks were a distraction and silly. But the film prompted me to do some research to find out more information julian. Hope someone else will make another movie on him.
  2. Oct 20, 2013
    0
    I don't know why you wanna call this a WikiLeak movie, unfortunately for The Fifth Estate, it's not gonna get any Oscars for this mess. Benedict Cumberbatch should've even be playing a hacking founder of WikiLeaks and said "The got his back." Unfortunately for him, this will be the only movie you should not see. It's a bomb, for real. One of the worst movies of 2013 so far.
  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.
  4. 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
    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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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: Louis Black
    Oct 23, 2013
    50
    Ultimately, the story becomes one of personalities, which seems inevitable but narrows the accomplishments and ambitions of its focus.
  2. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Oct 20, 2013
    63
    Perhaps the most curious and counterproductive aspect of The Fifth Estate, the so-called "Wikileaks movie," is the decision by director Bill Condon and screenwriter Josh Singer to establish the film as a thriller.
  3. 40
    The lesson of this is that there’s no easy way to dramatize the story of Julian Assange and that trying to turn it into a conventional melodrama is not just politically irresponsible but dull-witted.