Chernobyl Diaries Reviews

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
June 22, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
June 21, 2012
It's watchable enough, topical and slightly better than your average 'attractive young people in peril' movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
Fred Topel
CraveOnline
May 26, 2012
It almost seems like some producer saw a found footage movie and copied it, but he didn't really get it. Only the producer in this case is Oren 'Paranormal Activity' Peli himself!
Full Review | Original Score: 3 out of 10
Glenn Lovell
CinemaDope
May 25, 2012
In keeping with some of the better Wrong Turn chillers of recent vintage, the dimwit wayfarers in 'Chernobyl Diaries' break every rule known to horrordom and are, therefore, ripe for catastrophe. Goody, goody.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
May 25, 2012
Any movie with idiots taking an unsanctioned tour of Chernobyl has to be great, right? Who wants to see a horror movie with smart characters making brilliant decisions?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
May 25, 2012
First-time director Bradley Parker (working from a script co-written by Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli) understands that suggesting is scarier than showing, and confusion generates more suspense than explanations do.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 25, 2012
Well-paced direction from first-timer Bradley Parker layers on the tension and tosses in some worthy scares.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
May 25, 2012
A basic monster movie that benefits greatly from its unique setting, Chernobyl Diaries again demonstrates Oren Peli's ability to wrest scares with minimal production values and a clever premise.
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet
May 25, 2012
Earns points on restraint, mood, and something that real estate agents know all about: location, location, location.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
May 25, 2012
You can't help but be sucked into the story, even when you pretty much know, beat for beat, where it's going.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
May 25, 2012
Chernobyl Diaries is still full of things to like. The characters are fully three-dimensional, the dialogue is believable and most of the action stems from logical circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 24, 2012
If you're looking for a spooky way to kick off the summer movie season, Chernobyl Diaries more than fits the bill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
May 24, 2012
It's not every Friday that you see a horror movie that includes a bear attack, rabid wolves, a mutated fish, and something that looks like the creature from Basket Case crawling across a floor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5.0
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
May 24, 2012
A thoroughly frightening study in how to do a tried-and-true formula proud.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A cool concept is compromised when this film descends into predictable territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 15, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 9, 2013
There's nothing but many empty scares and zero resolution...
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
October 21, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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