Opening

43% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Aug 22
41% If I Stay Aug 22
18% When The Game Stands Tall Aug 22
8% Are You Here Aug 22
96% Love Is Strange Aug 22

Top Box Office

20% Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $28.5M
92% Guardians of the Galaxy $25.1M
15% Let's Be Cops $17.8M
34% The Expendables 3 $15.9M
32% The Giver $12.3M
20% Into The Storm $7.9M
65% The Hundred-Foot Journey $7.2M
65% Lucy $5.5M
39% Step Up: All In $2.7M
61% Hercules $2.1M

Coming Soon

0% The November Man Aug 27
98% Starred Up Aug 27
—— As Above/So Below Aug 29
86% The Congress Aug 29
—— The Calling Aug 29

Premieres Tonight

33% BoJack Horseman: Season 1

New Episodes Tonight

—— Jonah From Tonga: Season 1
86% The Knick: Season 1

Discuss Last Night's Shows

100% Defiance: Season 2
100% Garfunkel and Oates: Season 1
89% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
56% Married: Season 1
95% Rectify: Season 2
—— Rookie Blue: Season 5
39% Rush: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
41% Working the Engels: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

Chain Camera (2001)

tomatometer

80

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

No consensus yet.

audience

15

liked it
Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 404

My Rating

Movie Info

Wanting to make a film about American teenagers in the year 2000, filmmaker Kirby Dick took a novel approach; he went to John Marshall High School, a Los Angeles-area school with a racially and economically diverse student body, and gave ten portable video cameras to ten students, asking them to document their lives however they pleased for one week. Then each student passed his or her camera on to another student, who was to film his or herself in the same manner. This process continued

Unrated,

Documentary, Drama, Special Interest

Jul 26, 2005

FilmBuff

Watch It Now

ADVERTISEMENT

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (4) | DVD (2)

Absorbing in places, but considering the large and diverse pool the filmmakers had to draw from, it's a surprisingly repetitive and predictable collection of big-city sagas.

August 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic IconTop Critic

A candid, compelling documentary.

February 7, 2002
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic IconTop Critic

... fresh and revealing ...

September 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Chain Camera may not provide a demographer's perfect cross-section of society, but it does provide a pungent, provocative slice of Americana.

September 6, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Chain Camera is, at the very least, unfailingly candid.

September 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Kirby Dick isn't in the habit of making his presence felt on camera, and his newest documentary allows his subjects to strictly speak for themselves.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Dick unearths some meaningful, disturbing and disarming material.

March 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

On the whole, Chain Camera surprises in how it manages to mix entertainment and personal journeys.

September 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Kirby's egalitarian impulses get the best of him as he devotes time pretty evenly to each student regardless of how interesting they are individually.

September 6, 2001 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

... a riveting, hopeful and heartbreaking film.

September 6, 2001 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

A series of brief snapshots of frustratingly varied quality...it doesn't get much beneath the surface.

September 4, 2001 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Audience Reviews for Chain Camera

While I thought this was an interesting look into the lives of high schoolers in LA I didn't think it was a great flick.
It is disturbing to see most of these kids acting the way they were knowing that people would be viewing these videos. Candid talk about sex, drugs, and crime shocked me as none of these kids were even 18.
We even see two of the folks doing drugs in the film. To me it seems as if most of the kids have already given up and resigned themselves to live out life with the idea that they can do no better than where they find themselves now.
I really hope my kids don't fall into that trap as well.
May 20, 2009
superclerk25

Super Reviewer

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Chain Camera on our Movie forum!

What's Hot On RT

Critics Consensus
Critics Consensus

Sin City 2 is a So-So Sequel

<em>The Simpsons</em>
The Simpsons

Catch up on 25 seasons of hilarity

Total Recall
Total Recall

Robert Rodriguez's 10 Best Movies

Worst Summer Movies
Worst Summer Movies

We list the 60 worst since 1975

Red Carpet Roundup
Red Carpet Roundup

Best red carpet pictures of the week

Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile