The Manhattan Project
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Everyone knows that teenagers are smarter than adults, and if given a chance the kids could save the world -- if they don't blow it to bits first. The Manhattan Project tells of how 16-year-old Paul Stephens (Christopher Collet) tries to alert his community to the dangers of nuclear energy. John Mathewson (John Lithgow), a doctor in a pharmaceutical research plant wherein covert plutonium experiments are taking place, is the boyfriend of Paul's mom, Elizabeth (Jill Eikenberry). While Mathewson is romantically occupied, Paul and his girl, Jenny Anderman (Cynthia Nixon), steal the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Manhattan Project remains a clever time capsule of 80s nuclear commentary and a timeless, endlessly watchable thriller."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Surprisingly biting film with great performances by Cynthia Nixon and John Lithgow"
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Many viewers will find themselves cheering for the military men and FBI agents a they try to stop this self-centered kid from achieving his dream of personal glory."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Often more exasperating than it is entertaining."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"a highly underrated film that anyone can enjoy -- even if you aren't a massive, massive nerd."
‑ Christopher Null,
"There was something absorbing about these nuclear scientists doing their job."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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