Chatroom Reviews

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November 6, 2018
Veers into thriller territory with predictable results. It's strange that a movie so lacking in substance arrives with such pedigree.
May 20, 2014
Shallow, violent movie could spark teen discussion.
December 31, 2010
December 27, 2010
Unfortunately the scenes set in the real world (the locations include Camden Lock and the London Zoo) are stilted and unconvincing, while those in the chatrooms become increasingly tedious.
December 27, 2010
Nakata - here making his English language debut - fails to drum up much in the way of tension from the plot's hoky attempt to exploit fears about the existence of online suicide clubs.
December 24, 2010
Pantomimic dialogue, stagey sets and underwritten characters render this instantly obsolescent.
December 24, 2010
A movie of utter, unspeakable, hideous awfulness. A movie that makes you want to prise open your brain and scoop out all memory of having watched it.
December 24, 2010
Director Hideo "The Ring" Nakata never connects with the script (by Enda Walsh, adapting from his own play).
December 23, 2010
The film finally fizzles into feeble melodrama, with all the power of an old episode of Grange Hill.
December 23, 2010
Plausible chills are offset by the film's clumsy youth-movie trimmings, which, through lurid visuals and ripe overacting by its largely unknown cast, drain most of the suspense and interest...
December 23, 2010
There's a great idea here, but this awkward and dated film struggles to bring the cyberspace experience to life in the form of a gritty teen thriller.
December 22, 2010
The gimmick is so poorly conceived that we spend most of the film converting what we are being shown into what is actually going on. It isn't worth the effort.
December 22, 2010
Poorly written and badly acted, Chatroom squanders its only decent idea early on and rapidly descends into a shallow-minded, lifeless thriller that fails to engage on any level whatsoever.
December 22, 2010
There are times when Nakata skilfully blends the real world with cyber unreality to illustrate how impressionable youngsters can end up wondering just which world they are in at any time.
December 22, 2010
In the end, Nakata's notion of a web gone wild has moments of visual merit, but is a little too clinical and coldly cynical.
December 22, 2010
A film that never approaches the real-life terror of discovering your broadband's down.
December 21, 2010
Definitely zeigeisty but short on thrills.
December 21, 2010
'The Social Network' and 'Catfish' prove there are ripe films to be made on the dark side of web connectivity, but this is the rotten apple of the bunch.
December 21, 2010
Nakata skilfully takes us into the real and virtual lives of a group of London teenagers and shows us, with terrifying consequences, the power and ability to manipulate reality in a virtual world.
December 21, 2010
A plodder that prefers to explain (and then repeat the explanation) rather than let the audience use their imagination.
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