The Manhattan Project
The Manhattan Project (1986)

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… More

Directed By:
Rated: PG-13
Running Time:
Release Date: June 13, 1986
DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Cornelius

The Manhattan Project remains a clever time capsule of 80s nuclear commentary and a timeless, endlessly watchable thriller.

Full review…
Nell Minow
Movie Mom

Surprisingly biting film with great performances by Cynthia Nixon and John Lithgow

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

Often more exasperating than it is entertaining.

Christopher Null

a highly underrated film that anyone can enjoy -- even if you aren't a massive, massive nerd.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

There was something absorbing about these nuclear scientists doing their job.

Full review…
More reviews for The Manhattan Project

Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
David Ladd
Paul (Christopher Collet) is your typical slacker genius, with a bit of a bad streak. One day, he crosses paths with John Mathewson (John Lithgow), a nuclear… More
Dean McKenna
Contemporary comedy-adventure-thriller concerns a high-school youth who, with the aid of his idealistic girlfriend, steals some plutonium and makes his own… More
Melvin White
Elizabeth: Paul, did you build an atomic bomb?  Paul: Only a little one.  The Manhattan Project is a fun movie; a completely ridiculous and unrealistic one,… More
Joseph Eastmond
"A Cult Classic", in the same way as "Office Space, Hackers,Idiocracy,Raw Deal", and many others." A pretty msart and gripping… More
Aj V
Another good teen movie about the whole nuclear crisis of the 80s. This is an incredible story, but a good one too. I liked it.
Marcus Woolcott
It's a tad childish, but it just about redeems itself by the end.