Countdown to Zero Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 12, 2010

The whole thing could easily be condensed into a sentence: Support nuclear disarmament. There, I just saved you 10 bucks.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic
August 11, 2010

Like the ongoing threat itself, Countdown is simply numbing.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
July 19, 2010

An activist doc this is not, even if a perfunctory conclusion, in which a score of difficult to achieve solutions to the nuclear problem are floated in rapid succession, represents a feeble attempt at encouragement.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
May 21, 2010

...the slick packaging ... and obvious attempt to capitalize on the critical and financial success of An Inconvenient Truth is disheartening.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
July 24, 2010

Countdown never counts the US, conveniently absent from its global rap sheet of potential warmongers. Especially when scanning the list for any culprit who may have already nuked civilian populations, or who continues to amass the largest world stockpile.

Anthony Quinn
Independent
June 24, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
Top Critic
July 29, 2010

World destruction is no laughing matter, and yet this movie's treatment of it is sometimes amusingly desperate.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
June 23, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
August 11, 2010

Between economic meltdowns and catastrophic oil spills, it's easy to forget we're still perched on the brink of nuclear annihilation, too...

Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
Top Critic
July 20, 2010

Never trust a movie that ends with a moveon.org link.

Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 24, 2010

'Countdown to Zero' is a sincere editorial with images. That, however, does not make cinema.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 13, 2010

Good fences may make good neighbors, as Robert Frost once contemplated, but good causes don't necessarily make good movies.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
July 29, 2010

A great message, a not-so-great movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
July 19, 2010

Provocative documentary delivers an impassioned plea to bring an end to nuclear weapons.

Noel Murray
AV Club
Top Critic
July 22, 2010

Walker has something important to say with Countdown To Zero, but if this movie were standing on a doorstep with a petition, most reasonable people would sign it quickly and send it on its way, rather than inviting it in to chat.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
July 30, 2010

A bluntly effective media campaign as opposed to a well-articulated documentary.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ed Whitfield
What Culture
July 6, 2011

A whirlwind tour of human failure ...

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Lisa Giles-Keddie
Real.com
June 19, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 2, 2010

Good but even Gary Oldham's serious narration can't compensate for Walker's chaotically

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 26, 2010

...a scary, programmatic, depressingly convincing documentary that feels like an alarmistic relic of the Cold War.

Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Robert Koehler
Variety
Top Critic
September 16, 2011


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