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Chernobyl: Miniseries Reviews

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
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
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 6, 2019
"Chernobyl's" pacing slows in the third and fourth chapters, but the miniseries finishes powerfully.
May 6, 2019
The unique thing about Chernobyl, the mini-series, is that while it set out to illustrate the horror of a nuclear disaster it also aims to interpret how the disaster was handled by those in power.
May 6, 2019
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."
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 6, 2019
The performances turned in by [Stellan] Skarsgård, Emily Watson and Jared Harris are passionate and nuanced enough to compel the tough viewers to gut out the squeamish parts.
May 6, 2019
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 5, 2019
"Chernobyl" is a riveting drama that's full of payoffs.
May 3, 2019
Chernobyl is relentlessly bleak, but it has a remarkable cumulative power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 2, 2019
Watching this miniseries is a grim affair, and I mean that as a great compliment to creator, writer, and executive producer Craig Mazin and director Johan Renck.
Top Critic
May 2, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 28, 2019
Rather than bursting into shocking twists, writer Craig Mazin and director Johan Renck build a steadily creeping unease, allowing the scale of the atrocity to sink in with terrible, fitting gravity.
April 28, 2019
Each nauseating moment, be it a shot of decaying human flesh or a decision made for the wrong reasons, has a purpose - and pays back the viewer for their investment. "Chernobyl" is a stunning dramatization, and one worth admiring on many levels.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 28, 2019
You should at least know what you're getting into with Chernobyl and if you can face that awful, true story, then by all means take it in. But it won't be for everyone.