The Man Who Saved the World

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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…

    Tom Long

    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…
  • Why does everything in this film feel artificial and played for the camera?

    May 15, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The present and the past are smoothly sutured together by deft editing and an insistently mournful string score, although it's sometimes a bit repetitive.

    May 14, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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