Silkwood Reviews

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Lorien Haynes
Radio Times
March 4, 2015
It's a thought-provoking film that asks questions about the safety of the nuclear power industry that are still pertinent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

People Magazine
March 4, 2015
The film seems... unconvincing when it tries to argue the case of Silkwood's martyrdom, but it soars magnificently when it confines itself to the drama of one woman's courage in renouncing complacency for action.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
November 23, 2014
Extraordinary portrayals of everyday people characterize the contribution of director Mike Nichols' talented diverse cast. Once again, Nichols justifies his past plaudits for bringing the best out of his players.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
July 1, 2011
The facts it can lay its hands on do not support a politically alarming or dramatically compelling conclusion to the mysteries of this case. Nor do they lead to a very uplifting statement about the motives and character of its central figure.
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Variety Staff
July 6, 2010
A very fine biographical drama.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 9, 2009
Seemingly better suited for a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Cole Smithey
February 15, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
December 13, 2007
One of Nichols' best films, Silkwood is effective as factual reportage and portrait of working class life (rare sight in Hollywood cinema), with terrific performances by Meryl Streep, as a new type of American heroine, and Cher, as her lesbian roommate
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 9, 2006
Silkwood achieves impressive credentials as a drama of human character, not just as a screed against intolerable public practice.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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John Gill
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Silkwood's "ordinariness" protects her from being labelled a wild-eyed Trot, but that should not be allowed to obscure her courage or the whitewash ladled onto her story after her death.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Silkwood is the story of an ordinary woman, hard-working and passionate, funny and screwed-up, who made those people mad simply because she told the truth as she saw it and did what she thought was right.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 12, 2004
Extremely well-acted, powerful story.
| Original Score: 4/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
November 26, 2003
Meryl Streep gives the year's most astounding performance by an actress, adding vigor and complexity to almost every scene with her endlessly inventive portrayal of the eccentric heroine. The supporting players skillfully follow her lead.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 12, 2003
Nichols does a superb job of establishing the mood and atmosphere of this small town...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 30, 2003
Based on the real-life story of Karen Silkwood, this blistering exposť of big business from director Mike Nichols features a brilliant performance by Meryl Streep.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

May 24, 2003
A tragic story, to be sure, but one that deserves better than the shabby treatment afforded it here. Streep is particularly grating.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
For most of its running time it is so convincing -- and so sure of itself -- that it seems a particular waste when it goes dangerously wrong.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Wonderful performances steal the show in this film based on the real life of Karen Silkwood.
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
August 4, 2002
Searing - if manipulative - potboiler that catches Meryl Streep and Cher in peak form.
| Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Whilst interesting, Nichols' film follows too many paths to ever be truly satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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