Snowden (2016)

Academy Award (R)-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 16, 2016
DVD Release Date: December 27, 2016
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Snowden boasts a thrilling fact-based tale and a solid lead performance from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, even if director Oliver Stone saps the story of some of its impact by playing it safe.

Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

Stone collects all of the silliest clichés about computing in a grab-bag aesthetic that tries every kind of pointlessly filtered or grainy look, but can't seem to fake a convincing webcam shot.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

It's a fawning piece of work.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

A gripping précis of what Edward Snowden learned at the CIA and NSA, why he went public, and why it matters. Entertaining yet also deeply unsettling.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Stone's flashy filmmaking, including grand set pieces in enormous secret facilities, can't conceal his flat, thin, psychology-free depiction of a modest and self-sacrificing hero who single-handedly changed the politics of our time.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Stone is so intent on making Snowden an icon that he scrubs him of his nuances, his individuality.

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Sean Axmaker

Stone champions mavericks who challenge the status quo in the name of justice and the ideals of the American experiment and Snowden is his kind of American hero, the moral voice in an amoral world...

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Tom Shone

As Snowden, Gordon-Levitt is so muted, so cloistered, that it can be easy to miss that it's a very good performance.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

If Snowden's story wasn't real, Stone would have made it up. So why does Stone's movie feel so toothless?

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Giovanni Fazio
Japan Times

Joseph Gordon Levitt gives a stolid and precise performance in the lead role , but Stone warms him up by focusing on Snowden's long-term romantic relationship with dancer Lindsay Mills (Shailene Woodley).

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Despite some clichés and not being provocative enough for an Oliver Stone movie, this is a solid companion piece to Citizenfour with a great cinematography and… More
Glenn Gaylord
THE SPY WHO WENT INTO THE COLD - My Review of SNOWDEN (3 Stars) Has Oliver Stone become a humanistic filmmaker? If so, is that a good thing? Those are the… More
Nate Zoebl
There's quite a difference when director Oliver Stone actually gives a damn with a movie, and you can tell with Snowden that he is passionate about making… More
Kameron Woodall
This isn't the first film to be released about Edward Snowden, however Citizenfour is documentary focusing only on the "whistle blowing" of… More
KJ Proulx
It is films like this that make me question whether or not I ended up loving it or hating it. When the documentary Citizenfour was released a couple of years… More
Joshua Sheetz
Snowden is probably going to end up as a film more often discussed or written about than it is actually watched. And it slightly deserves that dubious honor.… More