The Fifth Estate Synopsis
“The Fifth Estate” traces the heady, early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks.
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Rolling Stone

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

By Catherine Shoard
This is highly competent catnip for the watercooler crowd.
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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...
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Spins Its Wheels, Doesn't Go Far

By MedRed
The Fifth Estate is a very confused movie. It can't figure out if it wants to be a techy, hacker film, a romantic drama, a thriller, or a documentary. I found the first hour slow and sloppy. It...

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By everyweek60706
Two hours of hackers exposing spies and diplomats. It was hard to deny Wikileaks impact on world history last year, but now the Arab Spring seems to be going nowhere good. The characters in this...

Actually had my pulse pounding, and made me think.

By eliseatthemovies
This was a good, thoughtful thriller which definitely kept me riveted, and also raised lots of questions about the ethics of truth-telling in the digital age. Benedict Cumberbatch was amazing....

Makes you think

By rogerafleming
An intelligent movie. Not an obvious topic for a film but it held my attention throughout. This was partly due to the acting which was great. No bang-bangs, but the action was quite tense at times. I...

Fifth Estate Review

By Gary Saucedo
The Fifth Estate is a good movie to see, visually it works well on the big screen which is surprising given the informational abstracts presented in the movie. Having said that there are forays into...


By Fabulouscj
Confusing ... could have been much shorter. Had looked forward to its release ... not sure why. Got more out of sitting outside in nature. Actors were good choices but they did not get to shine. Who...

not bad

By mservice
this is definitely a niche film. based on Wikileaks, computers and hacking; it will likely not be for everyone. but, it does pull it off. it is a suspense film even though you know what will...

Would've worked better as a mini-series

By philquin
It lacked cinematic grandeur, and would have played better on TV. Not surprised it has bombed at the box office -- Julian Assange is a fairly unlikable character in real life, so his movie version,...

Worth Your Time and Money

By thesunnyspot
Went for the Cumberbatch, stayed for the thinky plot and characterizations. My teenagers are still talking about it, which pleases me no end. For some unknown reason it's rated R... to get adults...

Very interesting

By tc1234b
I found this movie to be very interesting. It was nice to see the story from a few different sides rather than playing specifically to one. On top of that, it was nice to learn more about Wikileaks...

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Rated R | For for some violence and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 15+ Confusing WikiLeaks docudrama mostly avoids iffy content.
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