• 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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Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 2/5

June 20, 2012
Shaun Munro
What Culture

Beyond their admittedly inspired setting, the filmmakers lack even an iota of invention.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2/5

June 19, 2012
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

June 19, 2012
Eddie Harrison
The List

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 Source: The List | Original Score: 2/5

June 12, 2012
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times

Eerie locale wasted in predictable Chernobyl.

Full Review Source: Illinois Times | Original Score: 2.0/4.0

June 8, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

'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 Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 0.5/4

June 4, 2012
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Takes its sweet time getting down to the dirty business.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2/4

June 2, 2012
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

My blood ran... tepid, and, truthfully there are few surprises.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1/5

June 1, 2012
Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix

More akin to a meander through a haunted house than a fulfilling feature film.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 1, 2012
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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 Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 1/4

June 1, 2012
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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 Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 31, 2012
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A uniquely deadly combination of the poorly-conceived and poorly-executed all whipped up into a zesty cocktail of awful.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 2/10

May 31, 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 Source: Schmoes Know | Original Score: 4/10

May 29, 2012
Hank Sartin
Time Out New York
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Director Bradley Parker shakes his camera around a lot.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

May 29, 2012
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com

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 Source: jackiekcooper.com | Original Score: 4/10

May 29, 2012
Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes

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 Source: MediaMikes | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 28, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

May 28, 2012
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

You should avoid this movie as if it were radioactive.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 1/4

May 27, 2012
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

there is the flatness of predictable formula unsparked by clever direction or particularly outstanding performances in stereotypical roles

Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Original Score: 1/5

May 26, 2012
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

Dismally contrived - with formulaic plotting, shaky camerawork, cliched dialogue and repetitive scenes.

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 2/10

May 26, 2012
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