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55 Ratings


Directed by Laura Poitras
Germany, 2016


Continues Laura Poitras’ examination of controversial figures who both risk and betray. With unparalleled access over five years, Poitras offers an intimate portrait of the cypherpunk underground in an era of ever-increasing surveillance and secrecy.

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Risk Directed by Laura Poitras

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  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Risk

    Risk often feels like a disjointed work-in-progress, instead of a fully fleshed narrative, which is somewhat understandable considering the nature of the subject and his continuing fight. So if on the one hand, the unprecedented access to Assange and his team can be riveting, on the other Risk lacks the social exposé Poitras is so gifted at building.

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Risk

    This is more about Laura Poitras' growing disenchantment for Assange than a documentary about Assange and Wikileaks. As such, it is a much more personal project than her previous efforts (including the companion piece, Citizenfour), and, in many ways, less interesting.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Risk

    Separating the art and the artist is what we do with filmmakers. So let's start with Wikileaks - I have so much respect for what the group do as a challenge to unaccountable international authority. With regards to Julian Assange's history and allegations against him, I don't know. I wish there was a video trial where no extradition variable was involved. As for Poitras' agenda with this doc, I have many questions.

  • Riley Fowler's rating of the film Risk

    The film struggles to find its voice which is, in all likelihood, a concomitant of Laura Poitras's documentation of a man manacled by the incapacity to find his own. 'Risk' is an unapologetic profile of perchance the world's most controversial figure (WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange) which judiciously accentuates the paradox that exists between WikiLeaks's stated mission and the ulterior ambitions of its figurehead.

  • Adam M's rating of the film Risk

    I get it, Poitras doesn't like Assange. Risk doesn't compare favorably to Citizenfour, her compelling and emotional documentary about the Snowden revelations. It's worth watching for the unique access she had to Wikileaks from 2010-2014. But Poitras's disgust for Assange is so strong that she gets in her own way.

  • thelastronaut's rating of the film Risk

    Ostensibly a profile of Assange, the film instead profiles the world Assange, Poitras, Snowden, and others of their ilk inhabit. A world of privacy and surveillance, crime and freedom. Since it is a world still trying to figure itself out, the film stutters a bit in finding a voice but captures well the unsteady ground its inhabitants walk on.

  • Renton47's rating of the film Risk

    People talk without saying much in Risk, discordant with the global movements that Poitras weaves together. Levels a lot at our expectations of public figures, but also vindicates our doubt; doubt that righteous good exists, that continual risk reaps benefits. I appreciated the doubt that Poitras seems to have against her own film, and in the second-guessing fragments I felt strongly: this feels like our world today.

  • Samuel Andrade's rating of the film Risk