Command and Control Reviews

August 2, 2018
Survivors give gripping accounts of events, while journalist Eric Schlosser (on whose book the documentary is based) explains that the risks of an accidental nuclear-weapon explosion have always been much higher than we imagined.
October 12, 2016
As a child, I worried about nuclear war. It never occurred to me that I should have been worried about a nuclear accident.
October 6, 2016
The inescapable conclusion is that we have more to fear from our own human error than from our enemies' malevolence.
October 5, 2016
There's an important story to tell here, one about the risks created by the very people and things we employ to keep us secure, but not enough to fill the 92-minute runtime.
September 30, 2016
A terrifying documentary that'll have your heart racing as fast as any Hollywood thriller, Kenner's film reveals that, due to a range of errors and accidents, we were very close, more than once, to detonating a nuke on our own soil.
September 29, 2016
Lots of documentaries these days will tell you to be afraid, to be very afraid, but few will scare you as coolly and as convincingly as "Command and Control."
Top Critic
September 29, 2016
Proceeds like a real-life thriller, one with striking parallels to its narrative contemporary Deepwater Horizon.
September 29, 2016
Kenner and Schlosser not only remind us of a danger that never went away, but honor the men whose bravery was never recognized.
September 22, 2016
Far from being a historical cautionary tale, "Command and Control" looks forward, not backward. Kenner's unsettling film casts its worried gaze not at the accidents that already have taken place, but at the ones yet to happen.
September 19, 2016
Despite the high stakes, Command and Control is morbidly fun to watch, in the manner of good suspense thrillers and disaster films.
Top Critic
September 15, 2016
What gives Command and Control its urgency are both its wealth of information and the implications of its story.
September 15, 2016
Archival footage is combined with somewhat affected-looking re-enactments, but the film achieves its purpose: to remind us that we still have thousands of bombs, and neither they - nor we - have gotten that much smarter.
September 15, 2016
The pace of the drama is riveting, as it jumps back through the decades to place the accident in the context of the nuclear arms race.
September 13, 2016
Since 1980, our weaponry has grown far more sophisticated; whether the sophistication of its handlers has grown as well is something you'll be pondering after the ending credits roll.
April 17, 2016
Equal parts history lesson, cautionary tale and nerve-rattling thriller, using all manner of nonfiction devices to elicit both horror and outrage over the precariousness of our deadliest arsenals.