The Atomic Cafe Reviews
February 14, 2020
Despite its supremely dark subject matter (or maybe partly because of it), The Atomic Cafe is one of the funniest documentaries ever made.
May 8, 2019
The Atomic Cafe is a chilling memory of life in the first years under the mushroom umbrella.
December 20, 2018
While some of the specific elements of The Atomic Cafe were already passe at the time of the film's release in 1982, the prevailing spirit of Loader and the Raffertys' documentary remains just as potent.
October 10, 2018
The Atomic Cafe provokes a surprising number of laughs, from a soundtrack of awe-inspiringly tasteless '50s pop songs to its extracts of horribly acted army films warning of Commies on the home front.
September 27, 2018
The Atomic Cafe is a true horror comedy, with a wealth of death's-head humor that even Dr. Strangelove can't match.
September 21, 2018
Compilation essay film of the propaganda celebration of the nuclear age, both in cartoonish and apocalyptic form... So long as there are unstable madmen with nuclear codes clutched in their fists, fear rightfully abides.
August 21, 2018
As funny as it is frightening, The Atomic Cafe is a genius, tongue-in-cheek retrospective of a far less cynical time, and the lies that the government used at the time to justify their new power.
August 10, 2018
Viewers old enough to remember "duck and cover" drills and homemade fallout shelters (and suits!) will get a special charge out of "Atomic's" many archival gems.
August 9, 2018
It's often hilarious and frightening, because of how little we understood about atomic energy and how cheerfully the public accepted its terrors... The Atomic Café's half-life is far from over.
July 31, 2018
The Atomic Café at times feels like an essay film, but its points come across cumulatively, subtly.
January 8, 2013
This poignant, often funny docu consists of revelatory clips used by the government as propaganda about the Atomic Bomb.
August 4, 2010
One of the most trenchant, bitter and horrific looks at the 'atomic' and Cold War era.
July 21, 2006
The film is not completely fair but it does convey a reasonably accurate sense of one aspect of the social consciousness following the War
February 9, 2006
The film fails to offer even the barest social context for its material.
December 6, 2005