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Rated R · 128 minutes · 2013

Docudrama, Thriller
The story of Julian Assange and Wikileaks is probably more important than it is interesting. Unless you’re a First Amendment scholar, there’s not a whole lot of drama to leaking government documents. And Assange, as time has shown, is not really a personality people are going to warm up to. In The Fifth Estate, Benedict Cumberbatch does his dead-level best as Assange, creating a fully formed character out of a guy who’s frankly become all too easy to dismiss. There are some moments of depth here, debating the merits of leaking classified material that inarguably is in the public interest, but they’re obscured behind a biopic of Assange as seen through the eyes of his right-hand man, (Daniel Bruhl). For better results, see the 2013 documentary on this same subject, We Steal Secrets, from the director of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.


See our full review: Secrets and Lies

Secrets and Lies

Although Benedict Cumberbatch is great as Julian Assange, you'd be better off seeing the documentary version »

Director: Bill Condon
Producer: Steve Golin, Michael Sugar, Richard Sharkey, Paul Green and Jeff Skoll
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander, Carice van Houten, Anthony Mackie, Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney, Peter Capaldi and David Thewlis

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Portland Mercury Fifth Isn't Great The Fifth Estate is a profoundly silly movie about a profoundly serious topic. by Alison Hallett 10/16/2013
East Bay Express The Fifth Estate Where in the world is Julian Assange? by Kelly Vance 10/23/2013
Creative Loafing Atlanta 'The Fifth Estate' offers low resolution image of Julian Assange Benedict Cumberbatch's charismatic performance as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can't give 'The Fifth Estate' a point of view. by Curt Holman 10/18/2013
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Gambit Review: The Fifth Estate Ken Korman says Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange isn't enough to salvage a drama-free "thriller" by Ken Korman 10/22/2013
Indy Week A new Julian Assange film, The Fifth Estate Director Bill Condon wanted to make this year's equivalent of The Social Network; instead, we get an updated version of Hackers. by Isaac Weeks 10/16/2013
Colorado Springs Independent If you've seen The Social Network, you've seen The Fifth Estate If your story can't make a bleached-blond megalomaniac into a memorable figure, something has gone dreadfully awry. by Scott Renshaw 10/16/2013
New Times San Luis Obispo Review: The Fifth Estate Ken Korman says Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange isn't enough to salvage a drama-free "thriller" by Ken Korman 10/22/2013
North Coast Journal Failed Escape Three films in a rut by John J. Bennett 10/24/2013
The Coast Halifax The Fifth Estate BREAKING: Cumberbatch captivates by Jacob Boon 10/17/2013

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