The Fifth Estate
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Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, "The Fifth Estate" reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As nervy and as excitable as the trade that it depicts."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Director Bill Condon delivers an intelligent, dynamic, character-centered drama."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Benedict Cumberbatch's performance is the knockout, precise, conflicted, mysterioso, wily, his own charm alloyed with the Aussie oddness of Assange."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"The Fifth Estate is often guilty of spelling things out and over-simplifying matters, but it's absorbing in places and held together by two strong performances."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"Despite an impressive turn by star Benedict Cumberbatch it fails to deliver on its initial promise."
‑ Bryan Bishop, The Verge
"The material covered in the production's 128 minutes is not only inherently non-cinematic but not remotely "thrilling," at least in the conventional sense."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Condon and his screenwriter Josh Singer don't quite know what to make of this duo, perhaps because the men didn't quite know what to make of each other, either."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"The film never seems to know what it wants to be, or where it is going with all of these gimmicks, gadgets and subplots. It ends up as a yawner, a thriller with no thrills, history without context."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"[Blu-ray Review] "The Fifth Estate" is not a disaster—far from it—but it is understandable why it failed to capture an audience or much critical support."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl do a fine job of drawing us into their characters, but because 'The Fifth Estate' is an uneven and sometimes confusing thriller, it's not enough."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"The Fifth Estate is also as current as a news feed, filling in the disputed facts about Assange's life beyond the headlines and chronicling the revolution that has upended the media landscape in the last decade."
‑ Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
""The Fifth Estate" feels unfortunately small and safe."
‑ Christy Lemire,
"A great performance surrounded by a very bad movie."
‑ Brogan Morris, Movie Mezzanine
"It had the opportunity to dazzle us with one of the biggest news stories of the last few years, but it never goes into enough depth, plot or character-wise, to get us involved, and because of that it merely becomes a forgettable film that had potential."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Nothing condescends to savvy cinemagoers quite like characters who directly articulate a film's subtext."
‑ Luke Buckmaster, Crikey
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