Chernobyl: Miniseries (2019)


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Chernobyl rivets with a creeping dread that never dissipates, dramatizing a national tragedy with sterling craft and an intelligent dissection of institutional rot.



Critic Ratings: 81


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User Ratings: 1957
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Air date: May 6, 2019
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CHERNOBYL dramatizes the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst human-made catastrophes in history, and tells the story of the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable disaster, all the while battling a culture of disinformation.

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Critic Reviews for Chernobyl Miniseries

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (26)

With renewed interest in the 33-year-old disaster has come a curious sense of moralizing proprietorship - which makes you wonder what, exactly, people are getting from the miniseries.

Jun 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Chernobyl returns HBO to the forefront of networks daring to tell difficult stories of import without any seeming concerns about whether or not they'll be "hits."

May 6, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

Chernobyl is a thorough historical analysis, a gruesome disaster epic replete with oozing blisters and the ominous rattle of Geiger counters, and a mostly riveting drama.

May 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Director Johan Renck distils dread from every shot of drifting smoke, sifting particles and insidiously seeping waters.

May 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Chernobyl is relentlessly bleak, but it has a remarkable cumulative power.

May 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

They've done a really great job depicting the emergency... [And] It's this amped-up version of the debate that we have now about issues like global warming and our inability to agree on facts apart from political spin.

May 7, 2019 | Full Review…
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It is a beautifully written and sensitively directed treatment of the horrifying events in the Ukraine spring of 1986

Jul 9, 2019 | Full Review…

What makes one kind of false representation-language and accent-more acceptable than another, such as race?

Aug 18, 2019 | Rating: D | Full Review…

"Chernobyl" the series has been nominated for 19 Emmy Awards, and it deserves all of them - especially for Harris and Skarsgärd but also for Emily Watson.

Aug 2, 2019 | Full Review…

The triumph of Chernobyl as a mini-series, then, has less to do with its uncanny ability to present an accurate picture of the past, and more about its prescient ability to gaze forward.

Jul 26, 2019 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

It's hard to find a weak link in this show.

Jul 19, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

An exemplary miniseries with an asphyxiating dose of reality. [Full Review in Spanish]

May 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chernobyl: Miniseries

  • 5d ago
    A thrilling retelling of the true event. Add a huge learning lesson that shines the light on nuclear technology globally and the potential issues that could occur anywhere. It highlights how fragile life on earth for us all truly is.
  • Nov 07, 2019
    HBO knew it had a winner in its hands, but props to the creators for not overdoing it. What a perfectly balanced show
  • Nov 06, 2019
    Disgasting lies and propaganda
  • Nov 05, 2019
    Excellent acting, great cinematography, gripping, intense, and it made me want to learn much more about the Chernobyl incident after I saw it. Excellent television. Almost made me forgive HBO for the crappy end to GoT! See it. Please.
  • Nov 04, 2019
    It's difficult to find a weak link in this banger of a show.
  • Nov 03, 2019
    This is probably one of the best short series I have ever seen. I did a paper on Chernobyl when I was in school back in the nineties and to my knowledge this series stays true to the real events (to a certain degree, but very close) and one of the best cast characters for the roles. Captured me within minutes, watched the entire thing as soon as an episode was released. Horrifying story, and seing it from "the inside" (fictionally though) really was creepy, but also a story that had to be told! If you havent watched this series yet and you are just marginally interested in history, this is a must-watch for you!
  • Nov 03, 2019
    Morden masterpiece this is how a series shhud be maide
  • Nov 03, 2019
    Harrowing account of the Chernobyl catastrophe takes some liberties with the facts, but is excellently produced with a good cast; the focus is - besides on the actual impact of the explosion - on human frailty and the political bureaucracy's attempts to contain the truth.
  • Nov 02, 2019
    A must see, not only for the historical significance of the tragedy but for the beautiful portrayal of humanity that is conveyed. Bravo to all the cast and the writer. This is not fiction and yet sends chills down your spine.
  • Oct 31, 2019
    In USSR, where there was a terrible socialist system, the victims of the Chernobyl accident were 4000 thousand people in 30 years. In Japan, with a solar democracy, the victims of the Fukushima accident were 2,000 people in 2 years. Most of the victims at Fukushima were the result of panic, which in Chernobyl was not allowed by employees KGB, who competently organized the evacuation, for which Legasov himself thanked them in his notes. These notes are in the public domain, they are not classified. Everyone can get acquainted with them if they want to push back the iron curtain that Hollywood has pulled. First the british heroes of Dunkirk were shown as cowards and scum in the movie. Now heroes of Chernobyl were shown as drunks and scum. Although, apparently modern american filmmakers think that a simple capitalist consumer can not believe that sacrifice life for the sake of comrades can be without evil soldiers who poked in the back with a kalashnikov. In fact, the most terrible thing is that the authors of the series themselves honestly believe in the lies they have shown.

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