Silkwood Synopsis
Nuclear-plant worker Karen Silkwood (Meryl Streep) blows whistle on hazards.
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Boston Globe

Fueled by Meryl Streep's performance in the title role, energized by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen's script and tempered by Mike Nichols'...
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100

TV Guide

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Mike Nichols, in his first venture into movies since "The Fortune," elicited superlative performances from the actors, particularly Streep...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
That could have been a good movie, but predictable. Mike Nichols' Silkwood is not predictable.... We realize this is a lot more movie than...
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80

Variety

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A very fine biographical drama.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
Silkwood is a friendly, kooky and caring film. [09 Dec 1983]
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70

The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
Silkwood is a very moving work about the raising of the consciousness of one woman of independence, guts and sensitivity.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Wonderful performances steal the show in this film based on the real life of Karen Silkwood, a worker in a plutonium factory in Oklahoma,...
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63

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Despite the drawbacks of the Silkwood screenplay, written by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen, this is a directorial triumph for a filmmaker who...
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40

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
Little remains in this true-life story of a nuclear worker's mysterious death other than some prefab antinuke, profeminist rhetoric -...
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20

Time

By Richard Schickel
There is none of the affectionate respect for working-class life and values that marked the similar, and far superior, "Norma Rae," nor any...
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Rated R
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 15+ Disturbing tale of corporate greed, nuclear danger, courage.
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