• 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

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
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
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
Andy Webster
New York Times
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Standard-issue genre accessories (dank stairways, flashlights, overcast skies, frosty windows) abound; shocks are mild and few.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 25, 2012
Dana Stevens
Slate
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You might actively root for their collective demise, if you could rouse yourself to care one way or the other. Go gallivanting in Chernobyl and you get what you pay for, nimrods.

Full Review Source: Slate

May 25, 2012
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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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.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

May 25, 2012
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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The lack of suspense and surprise in this dispiritingly rote film becomes its own form of contamination.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 25, 2012
Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
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This is a standard-issue slasher movie without much slashing, substituting the Chernobyl-workers' ghost town of Pripyat for the likes of Friday the 13th's Camp Crystal Lake.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Original Score: 3/10

May 25, 2012
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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Well-paced direction from first-timer Bradley Parker layers on the tension and tosses in some worthy scares.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 25, 2012
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

May 25, 2012
Joe Leydon
Variety
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Scattered stretches of suspense and a few undeniably potent shocks are not enough to dissipate the sense of deja vu that prevails throughout Chernobyl Diaries.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 25, 2012
William Goss
Film.com
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It takes a good hour for one of the leads to suggest that "we need to be smart about this." You want to be smart? Don't take an unauthorized tour of a nuclear disaster site.

Full Review Source: Film.com

May 25, 2012
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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It's The Hills Have Eyes meets The Blair Witch Project, a flashlight tour through a stupid urban legend, with the unseemly authenticity only real devastation can provide.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

May 25, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Chernobyl Diaries is afflicted with a fatal flaw that damages many horror films: after a better-than-average setup and a promising first half, everything falls apart.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

May 25, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Avoid a boredom meltdown and give this formulaic scarefest a wide berth.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 25, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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You'd never wish tragedy upon anyone, but at some point the characters become harder and harder to feel sorry for. Get a clue, people.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

May 25, 2012
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