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Silkwood Reviews

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March 4, 2015
It's a thought-provoking film that asks questions about the safety of the nuclear power industry that are still pertinent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 4, 2015
The film seems... unconvincing when it tries to argue the case of Silkwood's martyrdom, but it soars magnificently when it confines itself to the drama of one woman's courage in renouncing complacency for action.
November 23, 2014
Extraordinary portrayals of everyday people characterize the contribution of director Mike Nichols' talented diverse cast. Once again, Nichols justifies his past plaudits for bringing the best out of his players.
July 1, 2011
The facts it can lay its hands on do not support a politically alarming or dramatically compelling conclusion to the mysteries of this case. Nor do they lead to a very uplifting statement about the motives and character of its central figure.
July 6, 2010
A very fine biographical drama.
January 9, 2009
Seemingly better suited for a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 15, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
December 13, 2007
One of Nichols' best films, Silkwood is effective as factual reportage and portrait of working class life (rare sight in Hollywood cinema), with terrific performances by Meryl Streep, as a new type of American heroine, and Cher, as her lesbian roommate
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 9, 2006
Silkwood achieves impressive credentials as a drama of human character, not just as a screed against intolerable public practice.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 9, 2006
Silkwood's "ordinariness" protects her from being labelled a wild-eyed Trot, but that should not be allowed to obscure her courage or the whitewash ladled onto her story after her death.
October 23, 2004
Silkwood is the story of an ordinary woman, hard-working and passionate, funny and screwed-up, who made those people mad simply because she told the truth as she saw it and did what she thought was right.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 12, 2004
Extremely well-acted, powerful story.
| Original Score: 4/5
November 26, 2003
Meryl Streep gives the year's most astounding performance by an actress, adding vigor and complexity to almost every scene with her endlessly inventive portrayal of the eccentric heroine. The supporting players skillfully follow her lead.
October 12, 2003
Nichols does a superb job of establishing the mood and atmosphere of this small town...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 30, 2003
Based on the real-life story of Karen Silkwood, this blistering exposť of big business from director Mike Nichols features a brilliant performance by Meryl Streep.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 24, 2003
A tragic story, to be sure, but one that deserves better than the shabby treatment afforded it here. Streep is particularly grating.
May 20, 2003
For most of its running time it is so convincing -- and so sure of itself -- that it seems a particular waste when it goes dangerously wrong.
March 10, 2003
Wonderful performances steal the show in this film based on the real life of Karen Silkwood.
August 4, 2002
Searing - if manipulative - potboiler that catches Meryl Streep and Cher in peak form.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 1, 2000
Whilst interesting, Nichols' film follows too many paths to ever be truly satisfying.
| Original Score: 3/5
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