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The China Syndrome

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A news reporter and her cameraman are unintentional witnesses to a SCRAM incident, an emergency core shutdown procedure at a nuclear power plant in California. Something is terribly wrong at the plant, but its owners are more interested in finances and public relations, and cover the entire matter up.
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Parallax View
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March 25, 2011

What we must quarrel with is the heartless, devious, and appallingly manipulative manner in which the authors of the film have drawn their good-guys-and-bad-guys battlelines ...
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Time Out
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June 24, 2006

All a bit too earnest, despite the seriousness of the subject, with Fonda setting her jaw and stepping into father's footsteps as Tinseltown's very own protector of humanity; but it's tightly scripted and directed, and genuinely tense in places.
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Chicago Sun-Times
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October 23, 2004

A terrific thriller that incidentally raises the most unsettling questions about how safe nuclear power plants really are.
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Chicago Reader
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March 27, 2009

A tightly assembled didactic thriller.
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New York Times

May 20, 2003

The three stars are splendid, but maybe Miss Fonda is just a bit more than that. Her performance is not that of an actress in a star's role, but that of an actress creating a character that happens to be major within the film.
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Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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January 30, 2009

It's an exciting and worthwhile old-fashioned thriller about the dangers of a nuclear power accident.
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eFilmCritic.com
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April 09, 2007

File this one under 'Hasn't Aged Well.'
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TV Guide
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March 27, 2009

Not a comforting film, but an undeniably potent one.
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Film4
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March 27, 2009

The film is one of those rare modern thrillers that manages to combine fantastic acting and intelligent dialogue with real, heart-stopping suspense.
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Los Angeles Alternative

March 25, 2006

Crackling drama about TV reporter (Jane Fonda) investigating a coverup at a faulty nuclear reactor, and pressing upon conflicted technician played by the first-rate Jack Lemmon to go public with the story.
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Variety
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March 26, 2009

A moderately compelling thriller about the potential perils of nuclear energy, whose major fault is an overweening sense of its own self-importance.
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May 05, 2014

Scary, absorbing thriller predicts risks of nuclear power.
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