Reviews for this film from our members:
José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
Excerpt: Tremendo trabajo documental de Laura Poitras, adictivo, emocionante y de una elegancia técnica general fuera de toda duda. Una película que una vez más nos hace mirar al poder no ya con recelo, sino con un cabreo real y masticable. Imprescindible.
Danny Baldwin @ Critic Speak
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality & Practice
Excerpt: A hard-hitting and shocking documentary about the violation of privacy by the U.S. government’s massive surveillance programs.
Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
Excerpt: a hell of an eye opener, even given knowledge of its events. Poitras’s documentary makes us feel the danger of government invasion.
Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
Excerpt: This isn’t a one-sided movie as much as it is a movie about half of one side.
Marilyn Ferdinand @ Ferdy on Films
Excerpt: Citizenfour presents an almost perfect balance of the disclosures that tore the veil surrounding the massive surveillance programs of the NSA and its even more effective cousin in the U.K., the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), and the human drama of the whistleblowing experience for both Snowden and the journalists who made his disclosures public.
Kimberly Gadette @ doddle
Excerpt: Did the NSA have foreknowledge that Citizenfour was going to win the Oscar? Um, probably …
Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
Excerpt: Citizenfour is an insider’s look into a groundbreaking event. What Poitras records is Edward Snowden’s anxiety
MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
Excerpt: Edward Snowden speaks. Buy a ticket to this film… and use your credit card, so the NSA knows you care about this stuff.
Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
Excerpt: Curiously, ‘Citizenfour’ manages to be an arresting documentary, engagingly humanising the news item Edward Snowden, whilst glaringly disregarding journalistic integrity.
Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
Excerpt: If one puts a mildly charismatic subject with streaks of paranoia in front of the camera and let him spill government secrets, one is bound to have a decent film…
Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
Excerpt: Citizenfour is an historical document of confounding significance. It’s a glimpse behind the closed doors of a moment in time that has otherwise only been revealed in the abstract.
Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
Excerpt: “Citizenfour” provides a stark cinema vérité perspective on America’s biggest political scandal.
Sarah Ward @ artsHub
Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
Excerpt: Enter the real life world of spy craft and believe the truth is stranger than fiction
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