80

Total Film

With a riveting portrayal by Cumberbatch at its heart, The Fifth Estate tells its story grippingly - but finally leaves us none the wiser.
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75

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
The aloof, guarded Cumberbatch plays Assange as a mixture of brilliance, hucksterism, ego and naivete. He carries the baggage of an actor who plays “smart,” with a menacing edge.
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
This thriller about the game-changing website Wikileaks is as smart about cyberspace as “The Social Network,” but there’s a glitch when it shifts the focus from felonious leaders to the misdemeanors of the man who exposed them.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
At times The Fifth Estate seems as cutting-edge as the 21st century techno-info revolution it portrays. On other occasions... it’s almost like an expensive “Funny or Die” bit.
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65

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
As The Fifth Estate excitedly illustrates, in the Internet age no one can ever really have the last word.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The Fifth Estate is stuck running in place.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The Fifth Estate doesn't seem to be presenting the full story. Instead, it's a fairly dull thriller about a hugely influential Internet phenomenon.
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60

Time Out London

By Dave Calhoun
It’s adequate and often fun, but no match for Cumberbatch’s talents: physically, his Assange is far more complex and intriguing than most of the things we hear him say or see him do.
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60

The Guardian

By Catherine Shoard
This is highly competent catnip for the watercooler crowd.
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50

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
Both the kindest and most damning thing you can say about The Fifth Estate is that it primarily hobbles itself by trying to cram in more context-needy material than any single drama should have to bear.
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49 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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