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

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

  • 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

  • 63
    David HiltbrandPhiladelphia Inquirer

    This is a complicated story, but it's efficiently laid out by Poitras in this smartly edited project. She has posed Citizenfour as the final piece of a post-9/11 trilogy that began with "My Country, My Country" (about the 2006 elections in Iran) and "The Oath" (about Guantanamo). show more

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