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The China Syndrome Reviews

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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 4, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Rob Gonsalves
April 9, 2007
File this one under 'Hasn't Aged Well.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
A moderately compelling thriller about the potential perils of nuclear energy, whose major fault is an overweening sense of its own self-importance.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
September 17, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View
March 25, 2011
What we must quarrel with is the heartless, devious, and appallingly manipulative manner in which the authors of the film have drawn their good-guys-and-bad-guys battlelines ...
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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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
Scott Weinberg
July 27, 2002
A tight-fisted and paranoid mini-classic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Chris Barsanti
February 29, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Rebecca Murray
September 13, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
September 17, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
May 5, 2014
Scary, absorbing thriller predicts risks of nuclear power.
Full Review | 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.
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.
James Plath
March 30, 2005
Whistleblower saga that still packs a punch.
| Original Score: 4/5
Susan Granger
September 15, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
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-
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 10, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Chuck O'Leary
May 7, 2007
| Original Score: 5/5
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