The Fifth Estate
The Fifth Estate (2013)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 18, 2013
DVD Release Date: January 28, 2014
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Critic Score: 37% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Heavy on detail and melodrama but missing the spark from its remarkable real-life inspiration, The Fifth Estate mostly serves as a middling showcase for Benedict Cumberbatch's remarkable talent.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

As nervy and as excitable as the trade that it depicts.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Director Bill Condon delivers an intelligent, dynamic, character-centered drama.

Reagan Gavin Rasquinha
The Times of India

A movie about Assange and WikiLeaks is bound to be tough to tackle and while it has a few things going for it, Condon could have scored better if he chose to focus deeper on Assange's admittedly complex and mysterious psyche.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

Yes a stellar cast was compiled, but it rings false nonetheless.

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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

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.

Christy Lemire

"The Fifth Estate" feels unfortunately small and safe.

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J. Olson

There are real treasures to be had here, the most prestigious of which is an effortless turn from Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange.

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
Everett Johnson
Before this I really didn't know a lot about Wikileaks. I remember it being in the news, but honestly I didn't really care. This is the story(or at… More
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Wildaly M
After watching "The Fifth Estate", I'm a little bit confused as to what the film is trying to accomplish. It apparently sets out to reveal… More
Alex roy
Considering that the story of Wikileaks is very interesting, The Fifth Estate is an awful mess of a picture, one that wastes its great cast of actors on a… More
Manu Gino
You can't expose the world's secrets without exposing yourself. Good Film! The film was not bad. It was sort of an attempt to make a Facebook style… More
Carlos Magalhães
An absolutely contemptible, preachy and misguided film in every way possible, clearly made to crucify Assange as a selfish bastard instead of creating a complex… More