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The China Syndrome Reviews

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
May 5, 2014
Scary, absorbing thriller predicts risks of nuclear power.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

March 27, 2009
The film is one of those rare modern thrillers that manages to combine fantastic acting and intelligent dialogue with real, heart-stopping suspense.

TV Guide
March 27, 2009
Not a comforting film, but an undeniably potent one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 27, 2009
A tightly assembled didactic thriller.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 30, 2009
It's an exciting and worthwhile old-fashioned thriller about the dangers of a nuclear power accident.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Susan Granger
September 15, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
May 7, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
All a bit too earnest, despite the seriousness of the subject, with Fonda setting her jaw and stepping into father's footsteps as Tinseltown's very own protector of humanity; but it's tightly scripted and directed, and genuinely tense in places.
Jay Antani
Los Angeles Alternative
March 25, 2006
Crackling drama about TV reporter (Jane Fonda) investigating a coverup at a faulty nuclear reactor, and pressing upon conflicted technician played by the first-rate Jack Lemmon to go public with the story.
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
September 17, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Rebecca Murray
September 13, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 14, 2005
A chillingly topical, stylishly directed thriller, with great performances from Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda, and Michael Douglas
Full Review | Original Score: B+
James Plath
March 30, 2005
Whistleblower saga that still packs a punch.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 5, 2005
The film does still competently pull together a string of solid performances by all concerned.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 19, 2004
Even without its eerie parallel to real life, this superb film generates enough drama on its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 24, 2004
Controversial in its day, it still scores
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
A terrific thriller that incidentally raises the most unsettling questions about how safe nuclear power plants really are.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 1, 2004
Not the greatest thing since sliced bread, but an effective thriller.
| Original Score: 4/5
Chris Barsanti
February 29, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 27, 2004
The China Syndrome is a piercing look at the dangers of nuclear energy and the unwillingness of corporate heads to put public safety above economic considerations.
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