"... a nail-biter. Producer Michael Kirk and others take us inside Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers in the final days and hours when things fell apart. They then follow the crisis to Congress and Treasury, explaining as clearly as I've heard yet both the bailout and the mess that made it necessary. ..."
"... provides the clearest explanation I've seen of how last year's catastrophic collapse occurred. It's an indispensable primer on the financial carnage. ... Kudos to Kirk for the clarity of his writing and to Jim Gilmore for heroic reporting."
"... a fascinating blow-by-blow of last year's crisis and the emergency gambits performed along the way. ..."
"... one of the finest hours of nonfiction TV that I have ever seen in 30 years of writing about the medium ... This is as good as TV or any other kind of journalism gets."
"... a post-traumatic-stress flashback: a searing look at how the treasury secretary at the time, Henry M. Paulson Jr., and others acted -- and failed to act ...
... "Frontline" builds a persuasive case against Mr. Paulson but relies for the most part on secondary sources to do so: academics and reporters. ..."
"Writer/director Michael Kirk crisply packages the dramatic events of the current economic crisis ... illuminating and sobering ..."
"… the show does explain how personality clashes and ideological passions probably made a bad situation worse. ... But "Meltdown" fails to examine how Congress helped create the subprime problem through its cozy relationship with Fannie Mae. ..."
"... a fascinating, gripping hour that chronicles how everything unravelled in six months. It is filmed and paced like a thriller. ..."
"... does a fascinating, suspenseful job explaining the scary economic past, the complicated present and the uncertain future ..."
"... sober, clear-headed … must-see TV in these financially troubled times."
"... Part investigation, part damn scary story, the program suggests that events unfolded as they did largely because of the personalities involved. ..."
"... a good explainer for the current crisis. The only drawback is that few of the principals ... are available for interviews; a lot of the interview subjects are journalists covering the meltdown."
"... producer Michael Kirk has captured the shock and awe of those days in September when the nation learned it was on the brink of an economic collapse that could approach last century's Great Depression in scale. ..."
"... You get a sense of the humans behind this numbers story."