Nuclear Nation Reviews

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Ron Wilkinson
It's Just Movies
December 26, 2013
A minimalist look at the destruction of the city of Futaba in the wake of the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plants.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
December 12, 2013
Few films have opening images more chilling than the ruins of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, or more bleak than the last 10 minutes of "Nuclear Nation."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Noah Berlatsky
The Dissolve
December 12, 2013
The result is not exactly riveting cinema....it often seems caught between trying to tell a story...and its recognition that the story it has to tell is no story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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December 11, 2013
For the most part, the movie takes an eye-level approach to the disaster, focusing on the experiences of ordinary people living in makeshift shelters and public housing, lining up for food, and returning to their homes in hazmat suits.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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December 11, 2013
[Funahashi's] approach is direct, intimate yet respectful, and sometimes as mournful as the stark piano-and-flute score.
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
December 11, 2013
Nuclear Nation's anti-nuclear stance is very clear, but it admirably wants viewers to understand its argument instead of shouting it at them.
Joyce Kulhawik
RogerEbert.com
December 11, 2013
If you were looking for a documentary to blow the lid off the secrecy around the extent of the destruction, and lack of restitution-in other words outrage la Michael Moore-you will not find it here, but there is much that is worthy and troubling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
December 11, 2013
This documentary sometimes lingers on vistas better suited to a Godzilla movie, strewn with rubble, devoid of souls.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 10, 2013
If nothing else, the film will force you to reassess all the arguments for and against nuclear power.
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
December 10, 2013
An assured and sobering documentary that charts the situation in Futaba, Japan, shortly after the 2011 meltdown at the nearby Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
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