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Fail-Safe Reviews

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 6, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
December 23, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
February 17, 2015
The cold war gets hot in this nuclear disaster film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Variety Staff
June 29, 2011
It faithfully translates on the screen the power and seething drama of the Eugene Burdick-Harvey Wheeler book.
Christopher Null
March 1, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
September 2, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 19, 2007
Tense, chilling and earnest Cold War political thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 2, 2009
Lumet, o mais subestimado dos diretores, mantém a tensão sempre constante, extraindo ainda grandes atuações de seu elenco e investindo num desfecho impactante e corajoso.
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
John Urbancich
Your Movies (
August 8, 2002
Wow! One of the scariest black and white films of all time.
| Original Score: 5/5
Josh Gilchrist
Billings Outpost (Montana)
June 19, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 20, 2004
Still impressive Cold War thriller from a time when WW III seemed inevitable.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 24, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
July 3, 2011
Lumet's tense political drama is riveting, but unfortunately it was released the same year as Kubrick's similarly-themed Dr. Strangelove, which was a satire and more thus more popular
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
October 21, 2015
It packs a melodramatic wallop that will rattle a lot of chattering teeth.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
October 21, 2015
An impressive and disturbing brink-of-doom thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic

Time Out
January 26, 2006
Lumet sensibly avoids pyrotechnics in favour of tightening the psychological screws ...

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 21, 2015
Grim, bleak and highly claustrophobic ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

October 21, 2015
Not only a damn good thriller, but a terrifying account of how easily such technology can malfunction.
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