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Crónicas (2004)

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72

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

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

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

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

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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

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Sebastián Cordero

Nov 8, 2005

$0.1M

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All Critics (77) | Top Critics (28) | 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
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Nothing in this would-be thriller grabs you by the throat, never mind reaches down to your guts.

October 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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As good a commentary on our present media age as you're likely to find.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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An ambitious social-commentary melodrama that works about half the time -- until it engages in the very behavior it sets out to condemn.

September 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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We've seen this cautionary tale before, and the outcome, while chilling from an ethical perspective, is almost a foregone conclusion.

August 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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[Cordero's] lens is focused on a larger ethics, on what makes human beings heroes and monsters.

August 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Proceeds breathlessly and hysterically towards a story that in the end, seems to have hardly left the finish line.

May 24, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

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

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

...thoroughly underwhelming and surprisingly dull.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

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

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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

September 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

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

September 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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.

September 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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

September 1, 2005 Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com
AboutFilm.com

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

August 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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.

August 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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

August 25, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
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!
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