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Chernobyl Diaries Reviews

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Martyn Conterio
Little White Lies
June 21, 2012
Doesn't set out to reinvent the horror wheel but succeeds as solid genre entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
June 20, 2012
Chernobyl Diaries has an intriguing premise and makes a commendable stab at subverting expectations, but it ultimately fails to deliver in terms of either gore, suspense or scares.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
June 19, 2012
Beyond their admittedly inspired setting, the filmmakers lack even an iota of invention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
June 19, 2012
Once the annoying, two-dimensional characters start getting bumped off one by one, it's just a relief that the actors have stopped improvising their own banal dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Eddie Harrison
The List
June 12, 2012
Visual effect supervisor-turned first time director Bradley Parker quickly runs out of creative ideas, making this disaster-tourism trip well worth avoiding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
June 8, 2012
Eerie locale wasted in predictable Chernobyl.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/4.0
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 4, 2012
'My friends are morons,' asserts a young American, early in the film. However unintentionally, that line sums up the plot of this dull, poorly motivated and dreadfully constructed horror movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
June 2, 2012
Takes its sweet time getting down to the dirty business.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix
June 1, 2012
More akin to a meander through a haunted house than a fulfilling feature film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
June 1, 2012
My blood ran... tepid, and, truthfully there are few surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
June 1, 2012
The people Oren ""Paranormal Activity" Peli charged with turning this idea into a scary movie ignore many of the cardinal rules of horror -- how to build suspense, the necessity of empathy in the characters, the need to give us and them hope...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 31, 2012
It's palpably dull stuff that's exacerbated by an incongruous lack of gore, with Parker's decision to stage each and every one of the kill sequences off-screen (!) proving utterly disastrous...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 31, 2012
A uniquely deadly combination of the poorly-conceived and poorly-executed all whipped up into a zesty cocktail of awful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
May 29, 2012
I don't blame the acting, I blame the directing. Obviously from watchig the trailers you know something has happened as a result of the nuclear incident and the explanation for what is just 'eh...blah...who cares?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
May 29, 2012
Director Bradley Parker shakes his camera around a lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
May 29, 2012
There are a few thrills in this horror movie concerning the radioactive world of Chernobyl, but overall the movie is tedious and predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes
May 28, 2012
The set pieces are impressive as are the visual effects. If you're looking for a fright this holiday weekend you could do much worse then "Chernobyl Diaries."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 28, 2012
The real stars of the movie are the tired devices and plot points. They're famous, but they're as old as Betty White: The Guide Is Dead, The Van Won't Start, Her Shirt Has a Plunging Neckline, Don't Go in There.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
May 27, 2012
You should avoid this movie as if it were radioactive.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
May 26, 2012
there is the flatness of predictable formula unsparked by clever direction or particularly outstanding performances in stereotypical roles
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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