Skip to main content


Based on 26 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    This is a sobering piece of advocacy cinema. show more

  • 90
    Wall Street Journal

    As odd as it may sound, it's a remarkably beautiful movie. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Although the movie intends to incite viewers to social action, it is just as likely to paralyze them with fear. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    There are suggestions to help us sleep more easily, but the point is to wake us up. show more

  • 70
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Convincingly argued and extremely polished, it has theatrical potential for auds whose reservoir of worry about humanity's future hasn't already run dry. show more

  • 60
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    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. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Like Charles Ferguson's excellent Iraq documentary "No End in Sight," "Countdown to Zero" has an agenda but has the cogent, reasoned rhetoric to support it. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    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 city, such as New York City's Times Square. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Illustrating the many ways nuclear weapons could kill you makes Countdown to Zero one of the most frightening documentaries you'll ever see, or endure. show more

  • 75
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    Alternately edifying and alarming film about nuclear proliferation. show more

  • August 21, 2010 IRideRedNow
    Report This User

    No surprise the new 'Countdown to Zero' disarmament documentary omits life-saving strategies from their agenda of banning nukes, like advocating public Civil Defense, to try and better survive nukes in the meantime. The disarmament movement for decades has hyped that with nukes; all will die or it will be so bad you'll wish you had. Most have bought into it, now thinking it futile, bordering on lunacy, to try to learn how to survive a nuclear blast and radioactive fallout. In a tragic irony, the disarmament movement has rendered millions of American families even more vulnerable to perishing from nukes in the future. The greatest tragedy of that horrific loss of life, when nukes come to America, will be that most families had needlessly perished, out of ignorance of how easily they might have avoided becoming additional casualties, all because they were duped that it was futile to ever try to learn how to beforehand. The disarmament movement's sincere supporters, just wanting a world safe from nukes, will discover those unintended consequences to be inconvenient truths of the worst kind. I'm out of room here, but see for proof of above.

  • July 19, 2010 adult master
    Report This User

    I look forward to this movie

similar movies

  • An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

  • The 11th Hour (2007)

  • Inequality for All (2013)

  • Watermark (2013)

  • I.O.U.S.A. (2008)

Stay Connected with Moviefone

Download the Free App!

My Settings

You are currently subscribed as: {email}


Get the latest reviews, movie news, photos, and trailers sent straight to your inbox.

Weekly Newsletter

Daily alerts


You're not following any movies.

These are the movies you’re currently following.

    Update settings