Chernobyl: Miniseries (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Chernobyl rivets with a creeping dread that never dissipates, dramatizing a national tragedy with sterling craft and an intelligent dissection of institutional rot.

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Air date: May 6, 2019
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Air date: May 13, 2019
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Air date: May 20, 2019
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Air date: May 27, 2019
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Air date: Jun 3, 2019

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CHERNOBYL dramatizes the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst human-made catastrophes in history, and tells the story of the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable disaster, all the while battling a culture of disinformation.

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (20)

they've done a really great job depicting the emergency... [And] It's this amped-up version of the debate that we have now about issues like global warming and our inability to agree on facts apart from political spin.

May 7, 2019 | Full Review…
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Chernobyl returns HBO to the forefront of networks daring to tell difficult stories of import without any seeming concerns about whether or not they'll be "hits."

May 6, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Chernobyl is a thorough historical analysis, a gruesome disaster epic replete with oozing blisters and the ominous rattle of Geiger counters, and a mostly riveting drama.

May 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Director Johan Renck distils dread from every shot of drifting smoke, sifting particles and insidiously seeping waters.

May 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Chernobyl is relentlessly bleak, but it has a remarkable cumulative power.

May 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This isn't just a gripping five-part disaster film but an examination of Soviet news-speak in its late-stage death throes. It's intelligent, at times intricate, explanatory journalism, especially about nuclear power technology.

May 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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The gripping five-part miniseries, Chernobyl, manages to viscerally recreate it - the horror, heroism and sheer folly of it all.

May 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is likely that the future will see that Chernobyl left a much deeper and longer impression on culture than Bill Nye's burning of the iconic schoolroom earth.

May 16, 2019 | Full Review…

There is much beauty, much ugliness.

May 13, 2019 | Full Review…

No piece of dramatised non-fiction has ever felt this authentic.

May 8, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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