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80
With a riveting portrayal by Cumberbatch at its heart, The Fifth Estate tells its story grippingly - but finally leaves us none the wiser.
60
The Guardian
This is highly competent catnip for the watercooler crowd.
60
Benedict Cumberbatch is inspiredly cast, serving up a technically ingenious performance which may be his juiciest ever.
60
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.
58
For a film that reminds use over and over that this is a whole new world, this movie feels awfully familiar.
50
An uneven, intermittently thoughtful but largely preachy overview of WikiLeaks' rising influence that has less of an issue determining Assange's character than it does with telling a compelling story.
50
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.
50
The most compelling thing here by far is the film's vision of Assange, by all accounts a man of enormous self-regard and slippery ethics. Benedict Cumberbatch has the character in hand from the start.
42
A lack of courage on behalf of the filmmakers to take any position renders the film narratively limp.
40
Empire
Disappointingly dull account of a tale desperately in need of a sharper screenplay and some directorial vim. Might as well wait for the Blu-ray, Jules.

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