Countdown to Zero Reviews

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Robert Koehler
Variety
September 16, 2011
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 22, 2011
Comes loaded with a relatively big budget and a line-up of talking heads more powerful than a meeting of the Bilderberg Group.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 31, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 11, 2010
Like the ongoing threat itself, Countdown is simply numbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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August 7, 2010
Countdown to Zero may not be the most fun you'll have in the movies this year, but it is absolutely mandatory viewing.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 2, 2010
Made-up horror movies have nothing on Countdown to Zero.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 2, 2010
The news is ugly. The film is often gorgeous and wields a cumulative power to humanize potential devastation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
July 30, 2010
A bluntly effective media campaign as opposed to a well-articulated documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 30, 2010
Easily the scariest movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 30, 2010
At least it makes you scared again. There's nothing more frightening than what we've learned to live with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 30, 2010
Walker adroitly mixes extensive newsreel footage, lively graphics and talking-head interviews with dozens of people, from scientists to think tank folks to world leaders...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 30, 2010
Countdown to Zero is worthwhile to an extent, if that extent is largely to remind the viewer of certain facts that are easily shunted to the back of one's consciousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 30, 2010
[A] well-researched, anxiety-provoking film...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 29, 2010
This handsomely produced film argues that nukes can be eliminated through enforceable international agreements, just as chemical and biological weapons have been banned.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 29, 2010
Smart, swift and scary as hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 29, 2010
Some of the footage is astounding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 23, 2010
Alternately edifying and alarming.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 23, 2010
This scarily convincing argument that the end, if not quite nigh, is at least foreseeable urges us to wake up and smell the highly enriched uranium.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 23, 2010
Illustrating the many ways nuclear weapons could kill you makes Countdown to Zero one of the most frightening documentaries you'll ever see, or endure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
July 22, 2010
The nighttime photography, of the world's most luminous cities, awakens our sense of grief -- not for what's gone, but for what could be, in the blink of an eye. The editing by Brad Fuller and Brian Johnson is miraculous.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
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+
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David Germain
Associated Press
July 22, 2010
Offers a chilling look at current nuclear arsenals and the weapons programs of North Korea and Iran.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 21, 2010
Countdown to Zero comes close to being nuclear-anxiety porn, yet it's the rare film that could trigger and unite the reflexes 
 of the left and the right. It makes 
 getting rid of nukes seem less like a ''cause'' than an imperative.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 21, 2010
For those of us who remember having to endure The Day After in social-studies class, followed by cheery discussions of nuclear winter, Countdown to Zero will cast a frightening, punishing spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
July 20, 2010
Never trust a movie that ends with a moveon.org link.
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John Anderson
Variety
July 6, 2010
A politically urgent picture, it will also literally scare the breath out of what will certainly be a worldwide audience.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2010
Well put-together doc reminds viewers there's plenty to fear on the nuclear-weapons front.