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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 9, 2016
Director Kramer's drama is a bleak and heart wrenching tale of the end of the world...
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 17, 2012
The scenario - one of the best in Stanley Kramer's filmography - is uniquely human in the annals of post-nuclear cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

TV Guide
November 7, 2007
A powerful, well-acted, deftly photographed film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Null
January 26, 2006
While heartbreaking and touching, it's hard to imagine that riots aren't rampant and that martial law isn't required, but hey, it's a movie, and quite a good -- if overlong -- one, at that.
| Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
August 30, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
August 7, 2005
Kramer's apocalyptic drama is too verbose, replete with "message" speeches, but the text is intelligent, reflecting the Cold War mentality, and well-acted by Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire (in his first nonmusical role) and Anthony Perkins.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
March 31, 2005
As scary a horror film as any you will find.
| Original Score: 5/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 16, 2004
A nuclear war what-if starring some heavy hitters.
| Original Score: 5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 8, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 13, 2004
O cenário apocalíptico continua assustador, mas o tom inadequadamente leve de algumas cenas e a péssima trilha sonora (indicada ao Oscar!) comprometem o resultado final.
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 5, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 4, 2003
Typically overlong Kramer film, but still with some power.
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The great merit of this picture, aside from its entertaining qualities, is the fact that it carries a passionate conviction that man is worth saving, after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
One of the most powerful anti-war films ever made.
| Original Score: 87/100
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 1, 2000
Downbeat, depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 6, 2008
Gloomy doomsday film that is more talky, melodramatic and numbing than imaginative.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

November 7, 2007
A wasted opportunity.
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 7, 2007
A tiresome, talky 1959 film.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
January 19, 2007
| Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Fine photography, but the script is a typically numbing affair, and the cast, aside from Peck and Meillon, seem totally out of their depth.
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