The Man Who Saved the World (2015)


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This documentary is about the Russian Lt. Colonel, Stanislav E. Petrov, who lost everything when deciding not to obey superior orders, and hereby changing the fate of the world.

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The mix of the intensely personal with the global keeps "The Man Who Saved the World" from feeling too politically preachy.

Sep 25, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Detroit News
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Even if it does feature Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov visiting America to be feted at the United Nations and rubbing elbows with glitterati, the film is a disingenuous, thoroughly dramatized reenactment at best and a reality show at worst.

Sep 24, 2015 | Full Review…

"I was just at the right place at the right time," Mr. Petrov says, a simple truth that becomes shocking when considering the alternative. For that alone, this account of a Cold War near miss deserves a wide audience.

Sep 17, 2015 | Full Review…

Petrov is such a potent figure that he survives the heavy-handedness, but he is in some ways best served by Sergey Shnyryov's fantastic rendering of him in flashback.

Sep 15, 2015 | Full Review…

A nail-biting Cold War story, but this doc isn't as gripping as it should be.

May 11, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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The Man Who Saved The World is a humbling, inspirational and entertaining documentary that everyone should and must watch and it is more relevant today than ever before.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…

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