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Crónicas Reviews

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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Arizona Republic
December 24, 2005
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 1, 2005
A riveting exploration of good and evil where the line between the two is unclear.
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
October 7, 2005
Nothing in this would-be thriller grabs you by the throat, never mind reaches down to your guts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 24, 2005
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 23, 2005
As good a commentary on our present media age as you're likely to find.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 8, 2005
An ambitious social-commentary melodrama that works about half the time -- until it engages in the very behavior it sets out to condemn.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
August 26, 2005
We've seen this cautionary tale before, and the outcome, while chilling from an ethical perspective, is almost a foregone conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Achy Obejas
Chicago Tribune
August 25, 2005
[Cordero's] lens is focused on a larger ethics, on what makes human beings heroes and monsters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 25, 2005
Cronicas is the kind of tense, terrific suspenser that screams for a Hollywood remake. Only the remake won't be anywhere near as good, so check out the original.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 25, 2005
Cronicas is the kind of movie that grabs you while you're watching, even if later you wish it had grabbed a little harder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 7, 2005
Who could've guessed subtitles would make John Leguizamo a better actor?
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 5, 2005
With considerable passion and more than a little anger, Cronicas argues that our appetite for an increasing coarse and sensational type of news programming has skewed our inner compasses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 1, 2005
This gets television journalism right.
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
July 22, 2005
Cronicas has a cracking good plot, a central moral issue and John Leguizamo speaking Spanish. What more does a film need?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 22, 2005
Though Crónicas starts as a stark tragedy about widespread suffering, it morphs into a preachy, languorous treatise on manipulative media.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 13, 2005
The movie is worth seeing for Leguizamo's sinewy urgency, Alcázar's desperate cleverness as the killer, and the squalid, frantic atmosphere of Latin American hunger.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 8, 2005
[A] sometimes savvy media melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 8, 2005
This film offers a probing look at corruption in TV journalism and focuses on a country rarely glimpsed in movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 8, 2005
Reasonably absorbing and a provocative if familiar commentary on media manipulation, with Leguizamo terrific in a serious, intense performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
July 8, 2005
The movie is devoid of subtext because every idea is expressed with bold punctuation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 8, 2005
A scathing indictment of writer-director Sebastian Cordero's ability to put together a credible story.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
July 8, 2005
His Manolo is a hair's breadth from being booed off the screen, yet Leguizamo retains audience sympathy and shows us a flawed, conflicted man who will probably never get a decent night's sleep again after the decisions we see him make.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 7, 2005
A sobering, unsettling and devastating experience.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
July 7, 2005
Writer-director Sebastian Cordero keeps the moral conundrums on low boil while allowing the ominous, sweltering atmosphere to seep beneath your skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
July 7, 2005
Leguizamo's strengths and limitations fit snug with the reporter's own -- the comedic sizzle the actor brings to his best work translates smoothly into hardhearted aggression.
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Peter L'Official
Village Voice
July 6, 2005
Oscillating between furor and languor, rage and repose, Crónicas mixes ethnography with media critique.
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David Rooney
Variety
May 14, 2005
Starts out bracingly but gradually loses focus.