Countdown to Zero

Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  1. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    Jun 20, 2011
    60
    Walker was Oscar nominated for Waste Land this year, and while this occasionally unfocused doc doesn't hit those heights, it's still a valuable and scary film that should be seen.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    60
    Oddly, Countdown to Zero ends by suggesting that viewers get those nukes abolished by texting their disapproval to a phone number listed in the credits -- as if the governments of China or North Korea (or the United States, for that matter) are just waiting for a gentle rebuke from civic-minded documentary viewers.
  3. 58
    Walker has something important to say with Countdown To Zero, but if this movie were standing on a doorstep with a petition, most reasonable people would sign it quickly and send it on its way, rather than inviting it in to chat.
  4. A mess of a movie – a sprawling PowerPoint argument that covers too much ground way too fast, dispensing Wikipedia-calibre essays on a variety of subjects, from a blurred bio of J. Robert Oppenheimer, creator of the atom bomb, to an unsatisfying sidebar on A.Q. Khan, the world's first door-to-door nuke salesmen.
  5. 50
    An earnest, alarmist new docu-plea for nuclear disarmament, concludes with an orgy of such destruction. Mushroom clouds. Infernal white light. Obliterating energy blasts. It's all here, and mostly beyond the pale.
  6. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    40
    This is another well-intentioned but preaching-to-the-choir doc, and boring as well.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Mar 30, 2012
    7
    The film makers don't try to disguise their disarmament agenda behind this picture, nor should they. It's eye-opening and upsetting but theThe film makers don't try to disguise their disarmament agenda behind this picture, nor should they. It's eye-opening and upsetting but the mood is often positive and encouraging, as though this is still a threat but it's a threat that we're gradually moving away from through diligence and knowledge. Recommended viewing for everyone! Full Review »
  2. Feb 1, 2011
    6
    The history and the technological detail of the film is fantastic...That said, if I was a terrorist, then watching this film would be aThe history and the technological detail of the film is fantastic...That said, if I was a terrorist, then watching this film would be a fantastic way to get my knowledge base up on what it takes to build a nuclear bomb. The film is almost a 'how-to' for dummies! Full Review »
  3. Jan 2, 2011
    9
    This movie will shock you. It becomes evident after seeing it that it is really only a matter of time before the wrong people get their handsThis movie will shock you. It becomes evident after seeing it that it is really only a matter of time before the wrong people get their hands on fissile material. I really don't understand the negative reviews because the movie doesn't try to prove anything. It just shows how much uranium/ plutonium is out there and reviews well documented occurrences which it's nearly fallen into the wrong hands. Full Review »