The China Syndrome Reviews

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
May 5, 2014
Scary, absorbing thriller predicts risks of nuclear power.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View
March 25, 2011
What we must quarrel with is the heartless, devious, and appallingly manipulative manner in which the authors of the film have drawn their good-guys-and-bad-guys battlelines ...

Film4
March 27, 2009
The film is one of those rare modern thrillers that manages to combine fantastic acting and intelligent dialogue with real, heart-stopping suspense.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 27, 2009
Not a comforting film, but an undeniably potent one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 27, 2009
A tightly assembled didactic thriller.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
A moderately compelling thriller about the potential perils of nuclear energy, whose major fault is an overweening sense of its own self-importance.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 30, 2009
It's an exciting and worthwhile old-fashioned thriller about the dangers of a nuclear power accident.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
April 9, 2007
File this one under 'Hasn't Aged Well.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
All a bit too earnest, despite the seriousness of the subject, with Fonda setting her jaw and stepping into father's footsteps as Tinseltown's very own protector of humanity; but it's tightly scripted and directed, and genuinely tense in places.
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative
March 25, 2006
Crackling drama about TV reporter (Jane Fonda) investigating a coverup at a faulty nuclear reactor, and pressing upon conflicted technician played by the first-rate Jack Lemmon to go public with the story.
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 14, 2005
A chillingly topical, stylishly directed thriller, with great performances from Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda, and Michael Douglas
Full Review | Original Score: B+
James Plath
Reel.com
March 30, 2005
Whistleblower saga that still packs a punch.
| Original Score: 4/5
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 5, 2005
The film does still competently pull together a string of solid performances by all concerned.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 19, 2004
Even without its eerie parallel to real life, this superb film generates enough drama on its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 24, 2004
Controversial in its day, it still scores
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
A terrific thriller that incidentally raises the most unsettling questions about how safe nuclear power plants really are.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 1, 2004
Not the greatest thing since sliced bread, but an effective thriller.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 27, 2004
The China Syndrome is a piercing look at the dangers of nuclear energy and the unwillingness of corporate heads to put public safety above economic considerations.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The three stars are splendid, but maybe Miss Fonda is just a bit more than that. Her performance is not that of an actress in a star's role, but that of an actress creating a character that happens to be major within the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 27, 2002
A tight-fisted and paranoid mini-classic.
| Original Score: 4/5
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