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Chernobyl Diaries Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
August 26, 2015
For all its familiar ideas, characters, and scares, Chernobyl Diaries earns points on restraint, mood, and location.
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A cool concept is compromised when this film descends into predictable territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 9, 2013
There's nothing but many empty scares and zero resolution...
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
October 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Wright
October 8, 2012
Unsatisfactory both as a low-budget schlocker and as a piece of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Ben Kendrick
September 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
Sitting through this shaky-cam disaster of Chernobyl-like proportions is simply not worth your time, money or equilibrium.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
July 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.
Chris Sawin
July 20, 2012
"Chernobyl Diaries" is just senseless, idiotic, and pointless. If a horror movie is going to be chock full of people making stupid decisions, it would be nice if they were at least somewhat logical.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
June 24, 2012
There's a great idea hiding in there somewhere - shame they didn't find it.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
June 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
June 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James White
SFX Magazine
June 22, 2012
A rote run-and-scream wannabe scarefest that fails to deliver more than rudimentary chills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
June 22, 2012
Someone should bury Chernobyl Diaries deep underground in a lead-lined box so it cannot contaminate any more film goers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Peter Bradshaw
June 21, 2012
There is a scary and surreal appearance by a bear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
June 21, 2012
A second-rate horror from Paranormal Activity writer Oren Peli.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ken McIntyre
Total Film
June 21, 2012
Diaries is dark and gruesome, but with little in the way of genuine shock or surprise, you should expect the expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
June 21, 2012
It's watchable enough, topical and slightly better than your average 'attractive young people in peril' movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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