Silkwood Reviews

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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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 9, 2009
Seemingly better suited for a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Hiding once again behind her accent, hairdo, and mannerisms, [Streep] fails to establish any emotional contact with the audience, a serious problem in a film that depends on audience sympathy for its impact.
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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.

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

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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 23, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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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
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
February 15, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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Variety Staff
July 6, 2010
A very fine biographical drama.
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-
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 12, 2004
Extremely well-acted, powerful story.
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 26, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 7, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Sarah Chauncey
June 10, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Nicolas Lacroix
September 27, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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