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: 62% 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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George Thomas
The Cleveland Movie Blog

Stone combines the personal with thrills to create a satisfying experience with Snowden.

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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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Martha K. Baker
KDHX (St. Louis)

Snowden is definitely an Oliver Stone movie, for it asks the audience to question and seek.

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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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K. Austin Collins
The Ringer

But what [Snowden] mostly adds up to is a strange, disappointing movie.

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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
Luke Andrews
Snowden is a competently made biopic that addresses immediate issues in today's world. Edward Snowden. Some may view him as a criminal for breaking the law… 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
Dann Michalski
From Oliver Stone comes the powerful and provocative political drama Snowden. The film follows the career of NSA analyst Edward Snowden who became a… 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
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