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Laura Poitras

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About the Movie

How much of your own life are you willing to risk? Laura Poitras, Academy Award winning director of Citizenfour, returns with her most personal and intimate film to date. Filmed over six years, Risk is a complex and volatile character study that collides with a high stakes election year and its controversial aftermath. Cornered in a tiny building for half a decade, Julian Assange is undeterred even as the legal jeopardy he faces threatens to undermine the organization he leads and fracture the movement he inspired. Capturing this story with unprecedented access, Poitras finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle. In a new world order where a single keystroke can alter history, Risk is a portrait of power, betrayal, truth, and sacrifice. Executive Produced by Sam Esmail, creator of Mr. Robot.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 93
  • Fresh: 77
  • Rotten: 16
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's telling that Poitras has assigned that particular name to her portrait of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. – David Fear, Rolling Stone, May 6, 2017

Fresh: The most salient feature of Risk is how Poitras remains non-judgmental throughout. – Gary M. Kramer,, May 8, 2017

Fresh: You might not think there would be much left to say on this subject, particularly after Alex Gibney's documentary We Steal Secrets, a fictional biopic and numerous books. But there is. – Steve Erickson, Village Voice, May 4, 2017

Rotten: Poitras has delivered a sporadically fascinating but finally opaque, incomplete portrait, one made no more illuminating by the fact its inscrutable subject doesn't find the likeness flattering. – Brian Lowry,, May 5, 2017

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Customer Reviews

No narrative and horrible ending

I am left wondering what I am supposed to take away from this movie. It seems to be- Julian Assange doesn't like me and here are some things that happened with Wikileaks over the last few months that are very interesting, but we will not discuss. I struggled to find any sort of narrative or meaning in the film. Quite disappointing for a filmaker with so much access and what must have been a considerable amount of footage on an extremely timely and little explored topic.

Great film. Shines light on ambiguities

Do not expect this film to glorify the Wikileaks Founder, rather it points out oddities and ambiguities that make one think harder about the man at the heart of much contiversy.

Terrible movie

I was hoping this movie would be better but it was terrible! I didn't even finish watching bc it was so boring. They don't even really go into Wikileaks band the presidential campaign. All the doc does is follow him around doing mundane things