Reviews

May 3, 2019
Nothing innovative, but a decent little effort in the urban exploration corner of horror, using some tragic history as a modern Gothic setup.
Feb 28, 2019
The set piece needs more attention, but the attacks are done reasonably well, an instil of progressive tension reasonably effective.
Jan 11, 2019
The result, though no classic, is definitely enough to make you rethink going on a suspect European coach trip anytime soon.
Sep 28, 2017
Basically a continually-shrinking bunch of tourists running around trying to find their way out of a Ukrainian ghost land. Fascinating.
Aug 26, 2015
For all its familiar ideas, characters, and scares, Chernobyl Diaries earns points on restraint, mood, and location.
Jun 30, 2013
A cool concept is compromised when this film descends into predictable territory.
Feb 15, 2013
After one effective scene involving a radiated Russian bear, the quality of first-time director Bradley Parker's narrative starts melting down like a TEPCO facility.
Jan 9, 2013
There's nothing but many empty scares and zero resolution...
Oct 21, 2012
Its strengths make it worth paying attention to, while its weaknesses prevent it from becoming the first-class chiller it had the potential to be.
Oct 8, 2012
Unsatisfactory both as a low-budget schlocker and as a piece of entertainment.
Oct 6, 2012
There's nothing interesting, creative, innovative, exciting, suspenseful, or scary about it. We just sit there and wait for it to be over.
Sep 27, 2012
Chernobyl Diaries is a mismatched effort that was working with some intriguing core elements -- undermined by worn-out recreations of familiar horror set-ups.
Sep 15, 2012
Sitting through this shaky-cam disaster of Chernobyl-like proportions is simply not worth your time, money or equilibrium.
Jul 24, 2012
Dialogue is banal, the camerawork's predictable, and any subtext's missing in all the action. The flick's irradiated with a general insensitivity to human tragedy. The place, though, is deeply eerie on its own.
Jun 24, 2012
There's a great idea hiding in there somewhere - shame they didn't find it.
Jun 23, 2012
You've seen this sort of thing before - just not set in such an unusual locale. 'Chernobyl Diaries' delivers on atmosphere - at least, during the first. That's not surprising considering that Oren Peli of 'Paranormal Activity' fame is a producer.
Jun 22, 2012
For a film with radioactive bears running around, it's often strangely dull, though the final descent into the concrete maw of the reactor itself is memorably hellish.
Jun 22, 2012
A rote run-and-scream wannabe scarefest that fails to deliver more than rudimentary chills.
Jun 22, 2012
Someone should bury Chernobyl Diaries deep underground in a lead-lined box so it cannot contaminate any more film goers.
Jun 21, 2012
There is a scary and surreal appearance by a bear.