Chernobyl: Miniseries Reviews

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June 4, 2019
It entertains you and they never lose sight of the fact that they're treading very delicate water here.
June 4, 2019
We may no longer be in Gorbachev's USSR, but we're just worshipping different masters now, the show seems to say. Some of them have orange skin, others wear orange clothes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 3, 2019
[Chernobyl] is not just excellent television; it's paradigm-shifting historical storytelling, the kind of tale that alters, ever-so-subtly, the texture of the real world.
June 3, 2019
At its best, the show emphasizes the layered venality of careerist buck-passing and the hopeful denialism of those who will refuse to think the unthinkable; at its worst, it suggests that these are specifically Soviet characteristics. They are not.
June 3, 2019
Everything has been beautifully articulated - from the devastating human cost to the science of radiation to the machinations of the Soviet system. I've even enjoyed the architecture and drab decor.
May 29, 2019
Chernobyl is a disaster movie, a spy movie, a horror movie, a political thriller, and a human drama, and it spins each plate expertly.
May 28, 2019
A real gem. [Full review in Spanish]
May 22, 2019
... gripping and most definitely not for the fainthearted.
May 22, 2019
Chernobyl tells a haunting nightmare that speaks to us still. It seems to ask if we're always doomed to act only when it's too late.
May 21, 2019
The series is brilliantly structured and anchored in outstanding performances. [Full review in Spanish]
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 8, 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
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
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-
June 14, 2019
With renewed interest in the 33-year-old disaster has come a curious sense of moralizing proprietorship - which makes you wonder what, exactly, people are getting from the miniseries.
June 7, 2019
Chernobyl is interested in a hyperrealistic take on an autocratic society, where change is slowly and painfully chipped at from within. Its heroes aren't glamorous revolutionaries, but tweedy bureaucrats and scientists.
June 4, 2019
It's rare to find entertainment that imbues import into the mundane so well.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 31, 2019
The series is upsetting, gritty. The show's visual spectrum runs from gray to olive, the affective one from dangerous to drab. But there is something heroic-wasteful and sad, but admirable nonetheless-in the way of giant sacrifices...
Top Critic
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
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
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.
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