Lists: Documentary

Brief Synopsis: "In June 2013, Laura Poitras and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden. She brought her camera with her. The film that resulted from this series of tense encounters is absolutely sui generis in the history of cinema: a 100% real-life thriller unfolding minute by minute before our eyes. Poitras is a great and brave filmmaker, but she is also a masterful storyteller: she compresses the many days of questioning, waiting, confirming, watching the world’s reaction and agonizing over the next move, into both a great character study of Snowden and a narrative that will leave you on the edge of your seat as it inexorably moves toward its conclusion. CITIZENFOUR is a major work on multiple levels, and a deeply unsettling"

Overall Ranking: 1101 (Rank from 2014: # 58)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 50%
Regular 16.67%
Half-Popped 33.33%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Gorgon Reviews97(full review)
David Baruffi88(full review)
CinemaVisitor Erik85
Dan O'Neill80(full review)
Fast Film Reviews Mark Hobin61(full review)
Bryan Lienesch49 - It's hard to take a documentary seriously when they make it clear it's very much agenda-driven within the first five minutes.
Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 3
Scary: 4
Rewatch: 2

People Involved

  • Edward Snowden ()
  • Julian Assange ()
  • Glenn Greenwald ()
  • Jacob Appelbaum ()
  • Kevin Bankston ()
  • William Binney ()
  • Ewen MacAskill ()
  • Lindsay Mills ()
  • Laura Poitras ()
  • Jeremy Scahill ()
  • Barack Obama ()
  • Laura Poitras (Director)