Enemies of the State

critic Reviews

, 78% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • It's narrative twists and turns hinder the effectiveness of its message, but Enemies of the State is a fascinating and timely look at the erosion of trust and truth.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Jacob SilvermanThe New Republic
    The result is an extraordinary, unsettling documentary that's just as much about DeHart's devoted parents-former Army linguists who became convinced of their son's persecution by the FBI-as it is about a young hacker and information activist...
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    Robert AbeleLos Angeles Times
    An exquisitely thorny investigation for these times, when transparency is most needed, obfuscation reigns, and our ability to process today's reality is more fraught than ever.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Brian TallericoRogerEbert.com
    What's true and what's not about the case of Matt DeHart gets hazier with each subsequent revelation in this too-often cluttered film.
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    Jenny NulfAustin Chronicle
    Enemies of the State is not just dull, but it's a platform for fabricated stories that obstruct and allude from the big picture.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Ben KenigsbergNew York Times
    The questions it raises are fascinating.
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    Mike D'AngeloAV Club
    Serves less as a work of investigative journalism than as a fascinating object lesson in how easy it can be to mislead without ever actually lying.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    It provides more questions than answers, but this documentary spins a fascinating true-life yarn about injustice, paranoia, dark secrets, and conspiracy theories.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    People who don't mind open-ended conclusions to a movie will probably like this documentary more than people who expect mysteries to be solved by the end of the film. The movie keeps viewers guessing on who's really telling the truth.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Kent TurnerFilm-Forward.com
    For those who have difficulty holding two or more contradictory ideas at the same time-how one thing can be true but not another-your head is about to explode watching the labyrinthine Enemies of the State.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    John SerbaDecider
    It takes some active viewing, but leaning toward the screen to parse a detailed narrative is always better than leaning back and dozing off.
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