Chronicle (2012)



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

Movie Info

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

Rating: PG-13 (for intense action and violence, thematic material, some language, sexual content and teen drinking)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jay Alaimo, Max Landis
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 15, 2012
Box Office: $64.6M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Chronicle

All Critics (167) | Top Critics (34)

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

Full Review… | January 7, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 7, 2014

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

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
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.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
Georgia Straight

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

Full Review… | January 7, 2013
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.

Full Review… | January 7, 2013
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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.

danny d

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

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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