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Roe McDermott
Hot Press
March 14, 2016
Unfortunately Walker's arguments come wrapped in layers of stars and stripes, with America's 'Us .v. Them' mentality seeping from every shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Whitfield
What Culture
July 6, 2011
A whirlwind tour of human failure ...
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
June 29, 2011
Lucy Walker's chilling documentary serves as a reminder that the threat of a nuclear bomb going off somewhere in the world to devastating effect has not diminished just because it has slipped from the public consciousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Solomons
Observer (UK)
June 26, 2011
Skilfully crafted and smoothly assembled...
Jason Best
Movie Talk
June 24, 2011
An urgent wake-up call.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
June 24, 2011
We've gone backwards rather than forwards. To watch a film such as this is to shudder all over again.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
June 24, 2011
The film's most sobering fact: any world leader has a maximum of 10 seconds to decide to retaliate in the event of a nuclear attack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
June 23, 2011
The threat of nuclear disaster is clear and present according to this documentary. Yet its argument that Armageddon is right around the corner is as terrifying as milk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
June 23, 2011
The chilling and highly informative film shows how perilously close we are to nuclear catastrophe, either via terrorism, Dr Strangelove-style cock-up or simple accident.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
June 23, 2011
Screamingly urgent and contemporary.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 23, 2011
Countdown to Zero leaves you uneasy enough about the threat from nukes, but also amazed that to date, at least, no blunder has ended in annihilation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
June 23, 2011
This campaigning documentary offers a sobering warning that the possibility of nuclear destruction is still very much with us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan Crocker
Little White Lies
June 23, 2011
A worthy, important effort - but not a great one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
June 22, 2011
A 91-minute warning to give this generation something to worry about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 22, 2011
Comes loaded with a relatively big budget and a line-up of talking heads more powerful than a meeting of the Bilderberg Group.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Hughes
Empire Magazine
June 20, 2011
A valuable and scary film that should be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 19, 2011
Looking at Walker's film objectively, it suggests how damn lucky we've been so far, and attempts to finish on an 'upbeat' note - after scaring the bejesus out of us
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Crocker
Total Film
June 15, 2011
Sobering stuff, especially when smart talkingheads - including former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and ex-US Secretary Of Defence Robert McNamara - confirm it's a matter of "when" not "if". Eek.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
February 6, 2011
By miscalculation, accident or madness (not to mention badness), mankind, or much of it, could evaporate in a nuclear cloud ... the film grabs our attention
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 18, 2010
If its aim was to scare me, it succeeded.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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