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  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Blowen
    Fueled by Meryl Streep's performance in the title role, energized by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen's script and tempered by Mike Nichols' understated direction, Silkwood is a brilliant movie that puts art above polemics, and the facts above speculation. [14 Dec 1983]
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Mike Nichols, in his first venture into movies since "The Fortune," elicited superlative performances from the actors, particularly Streep and stage veteran Sudi Bond.
  3. 100
    That could have been a good movie, but predictable. Mike Nichols' Silkwood is not predictable.... We realize this is a lot more movie than perhaps we were expecting.
  4. Silkwood is a very moving work about the raising of the consciousness of one woman of independence, guts and sensitivity.
  5. Wonderful performances steal the show in this film based on the real life of Karen Silkwood, a worker in a plutonium factory in Oklahoma, whose health and safety concerns prompt her public exposure of the company's practices which, in turn, lead to dire personal consequences.
  6. Despite the drawbacks of the Silkwood screenplay, written by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen, this is a directorial triumph for a filmmaker who has artistically matured during his absence from the screen these past several years.
  7. Reviewed 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 of that film's sense of felt reality either.

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  1. Feb 24, 2011
    Great Plot & Cast...
    The Only Problem In My Opinion Is That It Seemed Way To Long.... I Think 90 Min. Would Of Been Great For This Movie..
    Could Of Scored A 9 But It's A 7 Expand