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Crónicas (2005)


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 71
Fresh: 51
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: An unsettling and absorbing cautionary tale with John Leguizamo playing an unscrupulous TV reporter who uses the medium to further his own goals.

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 17
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: An unsettling and absorbing cautionary tale with John Leguizamo playing an unscrupulous TV reporter who uses the medium to further his own goals.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 2,813


Movie Info

A man with a secret forms an uneasy alliance with an opportunistic reporter in this drama from Mexico. Manolo Bonilla (John Leguizamo) is a broadcast journalist for a Latin-American tabloid television series who has been sent to Ecuador to cover the funeral services of three children who fell victim to a mass murderer known as "the Monster of Babahoyo." Shortly after Bonilla finishes interviewing a young mourner, the child is struck by a car driven by Vinicio Cepeda (Damián Alcázar), a traveling … More

R (for violence, a scene of sexuality, and language)
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Sebastián Cordero
In Theaters:
Nov 8, 2005
Box Office:
Palm Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Crónicas

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (20) | DVD (8)

A riveting exploration of good and evil where the line between the two is unclear.

November 1, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Nothing in this would-be thriller grabs you by the throat, never mind reaches down to your guts.

Full Review… | October 7, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

As good a commentary on our present media age as you're likely to find.

Full Review… | September 23, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

An ambitious social-commentary melodrama that works about half the time -- until it engages in the very behavior it sets out to condemn.

Full Review… | September 8, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

We've seen this cautionary tale before, and the outcome, while chilling from an ethical perspective, is almost a foregone conclusion.

Full Review… | August 26, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

[Cordero's] lens is focused on a larger ethics, on what makes human beings heroes and monsters.

Full Review… | August 25, 2005
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Proceeds breathlessly and hysterically towards a story that in the end, seems to have hardly left the finish line.

Full Review… | May 24, 2007
Long Island Press

A blunt instrument of a tale, with considerable emotional impact.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

full review in Greek

Full Review… | October 3, 2006
Movies for the Masses

...thoroughly underwhelming and surprisingly dull.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Reel Film Reviews

Leguizamo tackles his first Spanish-language role with considerable aplomb.

Full Review… | September 30, 2005
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

This suspenseful film and its star are as sharp as razors as they delve into the dark corners of life.

Full Review… | September 22, 2005
Orlando Weekly

[Helmer] Cordero tries to humanize his monster and, as such, takes the wind out of Cronicas's sails.

Full Review… | September 11, 2005
Reeling Reviews

Ecuadoran filmmaker Sebastian Cordero certainly has style to burn and has some intriguing opinions on the news media, though he could have left out some of the more melodramatic plot elements.

Full Review… | September 9, 2005
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

What should be the movie's strength, the mano-a-mano psychological sparring between Manolo and Vinicio, fizzles out with a dispiriting and easily anticipated ending.

September 9, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

a gritty story about a reporter who gets carried away by his ego while he believes he is pursuing the greater good

Full Review… | September 1, 2005

Cordero paints his villain with more points to ponder than his protagonist.

Full Review… | August 30, 2005
Reeling Reviews

The hit-and-run destructiveness of the rapacious media is nothing new, but Cordero gives his cynical take a unique setting and a queasy climax.

Full Review… | August 25, 2005
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

An efficient but not-terribly-surprising crime drama that spins off a Silence of the Lambs-like dynamic.

Full Review… | August 25, 2005
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for Crónicas


Great movie. Interesting story plot. Great cast- John Leguizamo, Leonor Watling, Alfred Molina, Javier Cámara, and Damián Alcázar. Worthy!

Leo L

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