• R, 1 hr. 26 min.
  • Drama, Horror
  • Directed By:
    Bradley Parker
    In Theaters:
    May 25, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 16, 2012
  • Warner Bros. Pictures

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Chernobyl Diaries Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

A cool concept is compromised when this film descends into predictable territory.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 30, 2013
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

After one effective scene involving a radiated Russian bear, the quality of first-time director Bradley Parker's narrative starts melting down like a TEPCO facility.

Full Review Source: Georgia Straight | Original Score: 3/5

February 15, 2013
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

There's nothing but many empty scares and zero resolution...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

January 9, 2013
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

Its strengths make it worth paying attention to, while its weaknesses prevent it from becoming the first-class chiller it had the potential to be.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 2/4

October 21, 2012
Steve Wright
SciFiNow

Unsatisfactory both as a low-budget schlocker and as a piece of entertainment.

Full Review Source: SciFiNow | Original Score: 1/5

October 8, 2012
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

There's nothing interesting, creative, innovative, exciting, suspenseful, or scary about it. We just sit there and wait for it to be over.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 3/10

October 6, 2012
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant

Chernobyl Diaries is a mismatched effort that was working with some intriguing core elements -- undermined by worn-out recreations of familiar horror set-ups.

Full Review Source: ScreenRant | Original Score: 1.5/5

September 27, 2012
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered

Sitting through this shaky-cam disaster of Chernobyl-like proportions is simply not worth your time, money or equilibrium.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 4.5/10

September 15, 2012
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Dialogue is banal, the camerawork's predictable, and any subtext's missing in all the action. The flick's irradiated with a general insensitivity to human tragedy. The place, though, is deeply eerie on its own.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

July 24, 2012
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com

"Chernobyl Diaries" is just senseless, idiotic, and pointless. If a horror movie is going to be chock full of people making stupid decisions, it would be nice if they were at least somewhat logical.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 2/10

July 20, 2012
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

There's a great idea hiding in there somewhere - shame they didn't find it.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

June 24, 2012
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

You've seen this sort of thing before - just not set in such an unusual locale. 'Chernobyl Diaries' delivers on atmosphere - at least, during the first. That's not surprising considering that Oren Peli of 'Paranormal Activity' fame is a producer.

Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA) | Original Score: 2/4

June 23, 2012
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

For a film with radioactive bears running around, it's often strangely dull, though the final descent into the concrete maw of the reactor itself is memorably hellish.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

June 22, 2012
James White
SFX Magazine

A rote run-and-scream wannabe scarefest that fails to deliver more than rudimentary chills.

Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

June 22, 2012
Alex Zane
Sun Online

Someone should bury Chernobyl Diaries deep underground in a lead-lined box so it cannot contaminate any more film goers.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 1/5

June 22, 2012
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

There is a scary and surreal appearance by a bear.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

June 21, 2012
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

A second-rate horror from Paranormal Activity writer Oren Peli.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

June 21, 2012
Ken McIntyre
Total Film

Diaries is dark and gruesome, but with little in the way of genuine shock or surprise, you should expect the expected.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

June 21, 2012
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post

It's watchable enough, topical and slightly better than your average 'attractive young people in peril' movie.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 3/5

June 21, 2012
Martyn Conterio
Little White Lies

Doesn't set out to reinvent the horror wheel but succeeds as solid genre entertainment.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

June 21, 2012
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