• Released
  • July 23, 2010
  • (Limited)
  • PG , 1 hr 30 min
  • Art House/Foreign
Countdown to Zero Synopsis
Examines the dangers of nuclear proliferation and the call for global disarmament.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Countdown to Zero makes old terrors radioactively new again.
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Wall Street Journal

As odd as it may sound, it's a remarkably beautiful movie.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Like Charles Ferguson's excellent Iraq documentary "No End in Sight," "Countdown to Zero" has an agenda but has the cogent, reasoned...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
There are suggestions to help us sleep more easily, but the point is to wake us up.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
This is a sobering piece of advocacy cinema.
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
In the film's most frightening sequence, Countdown to Zero imagines what would happen if someone detonated a bomb in the heart of a major...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Convincingly argued and extremely polished, it has theatrical potential for auds whose reservoir of worry about humanity's future hasn't...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Although the movie intends to incite viewers to social action, it is just as likely to paralyze them with fear.
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By Mark Jenkins
Oddly, Countdown to Zero ends by suggesting that viewers get those nukes abolished by texting their disapproval to a phone number listed in...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
An earnest, alarmist new docu-plea for nuclear disarmament, concludes with an orgy of such destruction. Mushroom clouds. Infernal white...
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Important movie, but flawed delivery

By askanter
An incredibly important topic that has been too long ignored. Powerful and scary. The delivery is not done as well as An Inconvenient Truth, and it could do with some re-editing. However, a must see....

One of the better documentaries in a while

By amandano2
Countdown To Zero was informative, while entertaining. It kept a good pace and didn't feel long or boring to watch. It also seemed to have good view points from a variety of people, and not only...

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By merlinkhk
For people like me who grew up in the '50s and remember doing air raid drills, this documentary is a good reminder of the insanity of nuclear war between states. This film adds possibility now of...

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Rated PG | For thematic material, images of destruction and incidental smoking