The story of Edward Snowden is long, rocky, and not always considered a legacy by his critics. Now, a different set of judges are evaluating the controversial “whistle-blower” – the fans at San Diego Comic Con.

Today, at a special screening during the convention, Oliver Stone introduced the film after a pre-screening panel. Starring Joseph Gordon Levitt (along with big names like Shailene Woodley, Nicholas Cage, Scott Eastwood, and Zachary Quinto), the film is described as a “biographical political thriller” and first began filming in February of 2015.

As the movie let out, fans began posting their reflections on Twitter, with a few interesting observations:

Meanwhile, those not at the con tweeted out reactions to the film’s trailer, eager for the movie and unable to contain their excitement:

But still, certain Twitter users were skeptical — and critics were harsh:

Others were simply confused about the choice to premiere the trailer – and the film – at Comic-Con.

After the screening, the audience was treated to a special interview with Edward Snowden himself, via webcam, right at the convention.

Attendees live-tweeted the interview as Snowden phoned in from Moscow:

The screening comes a little over two months before the film’s official premiere. While Snowden’s critics seem unhappy about its release, the movie is still steadfast and ready for its September 16 release.

Photos via Getty Images / Slaven Vlasic