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Chernobyl: Miniseries Reviews

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May 16, 2019
The gripping five-part miniseries, Chernobyl, manages to viscerally recreate it - the horror, heroism and sheer folly of it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 16, 2019
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 13, 2019
There is much beauty, much ugliness.
May 8, 2019
No piece of dramatised non-fiction has ever felt this authentic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 8, 2019
It's a real-life disaster movie that you can't tear yourself away from.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 7, 2019
Bathed in bleak, sickly green light, [this] series is an interesting one not just for being a pulse-troubling depiction of the world's worst nuclear accident, but an equally unsettling examination of political buck-passing and Orwellian doublethink.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 7, 2019
We should be engaged by the tragic flaws and nobility of all this by this point, but the story and characters have gone so uncorralled that it takes all your viewing energy just to keep it fractionally straight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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May 7, 2019
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
Timely, bleak, intelligent and compelling, Chernobyl is a triumph of a disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 7, 2019
The fact that it really happened -- and for all of its devastation, could have been worse -- makes this five-part slog of unrelieved misery even more chilling. It's hard to watch -- but you already knew that.
May 7, 2019
Depressing as it may be, Chernobyl, created and written by Craig Mazin and directed by Johan Renck, is a fine study in the uses of sanctioned obfuscation.
May 7, 2019
The show's best in small moments, suggesting subtly how Chernobyl revealed the existing horrors of a political system that would flail off history's stage just a few years later.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 7, 2019
It's hard to imagine a more despairing portrait of humanity's continuing capacity to ruin itself than this account of a disaster that's three decades old.
May 7, 2019
It's a portrait of a meltdown on too many levels to count. It doesn't take a nuclear physicist to see why it makes a lot of sense to look back on this moment right now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 7, 2019
Mazin name-checks most of the pertinent facts of the story. But his cheap theatrics... detract from the real tragedy of the story.
May 7, 2019
An exemplary miniseries with an asphyxiating dose of reality. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 7, 2019
HBO's Chernobyl is a tense, terrifying, and brilliant account of the horrible tragedy that took place in 1986.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
May 6, 2019
Chernobyl feels especially timely.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 6, 2019
Though it packs the fascination of a documentary, it's the human drama that makes this one a must-see.
May 6, 2019
"Chernobyl's" pacing slows in the third and fourth chapters, but the miniseries finishes powerfully.
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