Chernobyl: Miniseries Reviews

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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
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...
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 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
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 6, 2019
"Chernobyl" is a riveting drama that's full of payoffs.
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