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Risk

Filmmaker Laura Poitras gains unprecedented insight into the controversial life of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Shot over 6 years, this documentary explores the motives and contradictions of Assange and his group --- painting a picture of power, betrayal, truth, and martyrdom.
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The Hollywood Reporter by Deborah Young

There is much to appreciate in Poitras’ low-key, down-to-business approach which employs instinctive editing choices, and not her own persona (she never appears onscreen), to build the most revealing portrait of Assange and his WikiLeaks staff in the public domain.
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IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Unlike "Citizenfour," there's not a whole lot here that hasn't already been revealed through the scrutiny of Assange's iconoclastic legacy, but the filmmaker's skillful treatment of the material yields another look at major historical events on an intimate level.
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Screen International by Lee Marshall

Sometimes all a documentary needs to do is to get us in the room with somebody we’re curious about. Laura Poitras did this, and a lot more, in Citizenfour, by taking us to meet US whistleblower Edward Snowden; she pulls off the same trick in Risk.
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The Playlist by Nikola Grozdanovic

Laura Poitras has done it again. Much like the celebrated Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour, “Risk” is instilled with a sense of immediate urgency as an apprehensive cloud hovers over every action, every word, every wayward glance.
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Variety by Peter Debruge

Running a short 84 minutes, Risk offers considerable insights into Assange, but seems to omit as much as it reveals.

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