Chernobyl: Miniseries Reviews

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February 18, 2020
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Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 17, 2019
...created with an awesome attention to historical accuracy and detail, brought back that harrowing event with frightening clarity and a superbly orchestrated sense of danger and dread.
December 17, 2019
Chernobyl is really the whole package - it's got a brain and a heart and some really thoughtful things to say.
December 11, 2019
A riveting showcase for sheer storytelling craft ... Chernobyl is great TV - some of this year's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 5, 2019
While the first two episodes have been incredibly heavy, they have also been an exercise in stellar filmmaking and performing.
December 5, 2019
Silence, on Chernobyl, becomes a killer and it's why this miniseries exists: to speak up so disasters like Chernobyl don't happen again.
December 4, 2019
The Chernobyl disaster is an ideal subject for a series like this. But while [Craig] Mazin makes an occasionally powerful case about the costs of willful ignorance, the show never transcends its horrifying subject.
December 4, 2019
Chernobyl is a series where you will have to remind yourself to unclench your jaw and un-tense your shoulders while watching it. It is heartbreaking and intense, and a hell of a thing to watch the day afterGame of Thrones. But it's also necessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 4, 2019
The five-part miniseries is an unmissable television event, but it is one that will harrow you, a horror story in the guise of a historical docudrama.
December 4, 2019
Mostly, I don't think it does. This is historical drama, not documentary. And I think [Craig] Mazin was right to take liberties in order to reach the deeper emotional truth.
December 4, 2019
It's always compelling and often terrifying.
October 22, 2019
The show is exceptional in revealing - in steady, shocking increments - how a large-scale disaster distorts everything it encounters. At first it is the truth, but the human casualties soon follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 18, 2019
What makes one kind of false representation-language and accent-more acceptable than another, such as race?
Full Review | Original Score: D
August 2, 2019
"Chernobyl" the series has been nominated for 19 Emmy Awards, and it deserves all of them - especially for Harris and Skarsgärd but also for Emily Watson.
July 26, 2019
The triumph of Chernobyl as a mini-series, then, has less to do with its uncanny ability to present an accurate picture of the past, and more about its prescient ability to gaze forward.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
July 19, 2019
It's hard to find a weak link in this show.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 9, 2019
It is a beautifully written and sensitively directed treatment of the horrifying events in the Ukraine spring of 1986
July 6, 2019
As a piece of 'entertainment' Chernobyl isn't easy going, however this well defined and complex tale is definitely worth your time. It crafts a detailed depiction of the Chernobyl disaster, while also delivering stellar performances with its able cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 2, 2019
A superb and grim adaptation of infamy. HBO's Chernobyl does a fantastic job of placing us there with the victims, villains and the overwhelming sadness. [Full review in Spanish].
June 27, 2019
Beyond retelling history, Chernobyl tells a very human story about mistakes, cutting corners, lies, assigning guilt, sacrifice, and coming together to do what needs to be done.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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