• Citizenfour (2014)


Release Date: October 24th, 2014

DVD Release Date: August 25th, 2015

R |1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary

After Laura Poitras received encrypted emails from someone with information on the government's massive covert-surveillance programs, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to Hong Kong to meet the sender, who turned out to be Edward Snowden.

Cast: Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Jacob Appelbaum, William Binney, Ewen MacAskill, Jeremy Scahill, Kevin Bankston

Director: Laura Poitras

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Participant Media, HBO Documentary Films

Keywords: Office, Sacrifice, Fascinating, Escape, 2010s, Brooding, Hotel, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    No matter one's personal stance about what Snowden did, this revelatory work is fascinating and thought-provoking, if, at the same time, oddly lacking in tension; unlike the provocations of Michael Moore or Oliver Stone, the temperature of this film is very cool. show more

  • 90
    Alonso DuraldeTheWrap

    Citizenfour finds its strength in both the story and the telling: The information about government spying is chilling, of course, but the movie also gives us the opportunity to get to know the elusive Snowden. show more

  • 100
    John AndersonWall Street Journal

    There are not a lot of moments in documentary cinema that equal Citizenfour. Ms. Poitras was already at work on a film about government surveillance when Mr. Snowden presented himself, and she’s something of a lightning rod, too, one with little evident sympathy for Obama administration data mining. show more

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Winner Documentary (Feature)
Winner Documentary
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)