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Chronicle (2012)



Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 166
Fresh: 141 | Rotten: 25

Chronicle transcends its found-footage gimmick with a smart script, fast-paced direction, and engaging performances from the young cast.


Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 5

Chronicle transcends its found-footage gimmick with a smart script, fast-paced direction, and engaging performances from the young cast.



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Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over. -- (C) Official Site

May 15, 2012


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All Critics (167) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (141) | Rotten (25) | DVD (5)

As pulp sci-fi this Fox release is pretty good, but it's also commendable for its sensitive depiction of adolescent behavior.

January 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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"Chronicle" is a mildly experimental commercial film, and, for the most part, it's loose-limbed fun.

February 7, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Chronicle is the kind of movie that makes one excited about the future prospects of the man at the helm.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (4)
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Without the found-footage distraction, Chronicle is an entertaining and creative take on the concept of teenage superpowers.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: | Comments (8)
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Although it dog-legs into silly mayhem in the homestretch, for a good portion of its quick 83-minute running time Chronicle is a quite clever boys-gone-wild-on-telekinetic-powers fantasy.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter | Comments (2)
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Chronicle puts a fresh, invigorating spin on the superhero origin story, a tale Hollywood spins again and again (and again).

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (7)
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Somewhere amidst a jumble of fast images and unscripted shouts, I couldn't help but feel that this all would have been more effective in a movie that played the material with a more straightforward approach.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source:

Superpowers mightn't be for everybody - especially angry, disaffected teenagers.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

The visual effects in Chronicle are astounding, but it's the well-drawn characters and convincing performances that keep it so wildly entertaining.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Chronicle is a sometimes fun, slightly dark film about a boy and his camera.

January 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Villains rarely get the lead-character treatment in Hollywood, and that alone makes Chronicle worthy viewing if one is craving a unique found-footage film.

January 7, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Such cleverness doesn't save the film from predictability and contrivance; it's a triumph of mindlessness over matter.

January 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Chronicle isn't just a unique found-footage movie or superior superhero film, it's a truly enjoyable blend of the best each genre has to offer.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

If other filmmakers involved in this genre could put as much time and effort into their story and characters as screenwriter Max Landis and director Josh Trank did here, there'd be a lot more of them worth watching

September 17, 2012 Full Review Source:

If how you finish is the pinnacle of performance, Chronicle drills the game winning kick through the uprights just as triple-zeros strike the clock.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source: NECN

Captures the wonder of the superhero power fantasy in a way few films ever have.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

The overwhelming number of superhero films of late and the seemingly limitless ability of CGI have taken some of the wonder out of displays of dazzling feats beyond ordinary human potential. Chronicle restores that thrill.

August 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Understands postpubescent psychology and even lightly traffics in philosophy...Here are newly born man and superman, both unprepared for the consequences of their sudden inheritance of the earth. [Blu-ray]

May 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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There's not much in the way of character development, and the acting, though competent, isn't a selling point. The special effects are decent, but not incredible. If you buy "Chronicle," it's because of the concept itself.

May 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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A bold mix of "The Craft" and "Akira"...

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The finale, indeed, makes a lot of what we've seen in much more expensive superhero films look stupid.

April 30, 2012 Full Review Source:

What is Chronicle? It's the answer to the question that you asked your friends when you're a kid - what would it be like if super powers were real?

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
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An intriguing, character-driven genre story well told.

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source:

Clearly made to kick off a new found-footage franchise, Chronicle is a very clever story about teens who develop unusual powers, mixing everyday reality with some excellent out of this world sci-fi fantasy.

April 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Screenwize

A semi-serious sci-fi romp, lighter and more fun than many of the comic-book movies that it steals from, a superhero movie in which nobody ever crusades, or wears a cape.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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Audience Reviews for Chronicle

Just when you thought the found-footage-genre was dead and stuck in silly and predictable horror gear, there is something fresh and surprising. A super heroes and villains origin story, if you will. While it takes a bit to set up events, the second half is pretty spectacular, fun and surprising, ultimately culminating in an insane showdown that makes you wish you could have seen more of this. Well done.
June 30, 2014

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a good film. i love the story and the actors were well chosen. dehaan looks like a young leo dicaprio. i somewhat question the decision to make this a found footage film as it limited what certain shots could look like a bit too much, and it made for a lot of moments where cameras were carried in unnatural ways to feed the gimmick, but the film was thoroughly entertaining. the degradation of the villain in the end made for a less interesting fight scene, but the film was mostly very satisfying.
June 26, 2014
danny d

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'Found footage' is overused in horror films these days, it was clever at first but then got annoying and some are barely watchable. To use it in what is essentially a Superhero origins story is original and a great idea. Unfortunately it fits into the barely watchable category as it just doesn't work - this is ultimately down to the poor direction. The story is excellent and I totally respect the fact that this film had a low budget, it's all the better for it many respects but there is no excuse for hiring 3 bad actors and giving them horrible scripts. This film is a huge wasted opportunity that would have been something very special had it been in the hands of a capable director and production team. It's such a shame, as this should have been the ultimate superhero film, if it were a horror film it could have been Halloween but instead it's Halloween resurrection. It honestly pains me to give this such a low rating.
June 18, 2014

Super Reviewer

A clever form of direction with stylish effects, Josh Trank's Chronicle supplies a rare thrilling blend of action and drama. Though the effects are slightly bland and unreal, the film is saved by its superb young cast and overall excitement and script. 4.5/5
January 22, 2014
Eugene Bernabe

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