A whirlwind tour of human failure ...
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Lucy Walker's chilling documentary serves as a reminder that the threat of a nuclear bomb going off somewhere in the world to devastating effect has not diminished just because it has slipped from the public consciousness.
| Original Score: 4/5
Skilfully crafted and smoothly assembled...
An urgent wake-up call.
We've gone backwards rather than forwards. To watch a film such as this is to shudder all over again.
| Original Score: 3/5
The film's most sobering fact: any world leader has a maximum of 10 seconds to decide to retaliate in the event of a nuclear attack.
The threat of nuclear disaster is clear and present according to this documentary. Yet its argument that Armageddon is right around the corner is as terrifying as milk.
| Original Score: 2/5
The chilling and highly informative film shows how perilously close we are to nuclear catastrophe, either via terrorism, Dr Strangelove-style cock-up or simple accident.
Screamingly urgent and contemporary.
| Original Score: 5/5
Countdown to Zero leaves you uneasy enough about the threat from nukes, but also amazed that to date, at least, no blunder has ended in annihilation.
This campaigning documentary offers a sobering warning that the possibility of nuclear destruction is still very much with us.
A worthy, important effort - but not a great one.
A 91-minute warning to give this generation something to worry about.
Comes loaded with a relatively big budget and a line-up of talking heads more powerful than a meeting of the Bilderberg Group.
A valuable and scary film that should be seen.
Looking at Walker's film objectively, it suggests how damn lucky we've been so far, and attempts to finish on an 'upbeat' note - after scaring the bejesus out of us
Sobering stuff, especially when smart talkingheads - including former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and ex-US Secretary Of Defence Robert McNamara - confirm it's a matter of "when" not "if". Eek.
By miscalculation, accident or madness (not to mention badness), mankind, or much of it, could evaporate in a nuclear cloud ... the film grabs our attention
If its aim was to scare me, it succeeded.
| Original Score: A
This film may not be the best researched or most balanced, or most reliable documentary of the year, but it is the scariest.
| Original Score: B