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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
October 21, 2015
An impressive and disturbing brink-of-doom thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

October 21, 2015
Not only a damn good thriller, but a terrifying account of how easily such technology can malfunction.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
October 21, 2015
It packs a melodramatic wallop that will rattle a lot of chattering teeth.

TV Guide
October 21, 2015
Grim, bleak and highly claustrophobic ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
February 17, 2015
The cold war gets hot in this nuclear disaster film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
July 3, 2011
Lumet's tense political drama is riveting, but unfortunately it was released the same year as Kubrick's similarly-themed Dr. Strangelove, which was a satire and more thus more popular
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Variety Staff
June 29, 2011
It faithfully translates on the screen the power and seething drama of the Eugene Burdick-Harvey Wheeler book.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 2, 2009
Lumet, o mais subestimado dos diretores, mantém a tensão sempre constante, extraindo ainda grandes atuações de seu elenco e investindo num desfecho impactante e corajoso.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 19, 2007
Tense, chilling and earnest Cold War political thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Lumet sensibly avoids pyrotechnics in favour of tightening the psychological screws ...
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
December 23, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 20, 2004
Still impressive Cold War thriller from a time when WW III seemed inevitable.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 24, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
March 1, 2004
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 8, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
September 2, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Josh Gilchrist
Billings Outpost (Montana)
June 19, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
John Urbancich
Your Movies (
August 8, 2002
Wow! One of the scariest black and white films of all time.
| Original Score: 5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 6, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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