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Chernobyl Diaries Reviews

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Steve Wright
October 8, 2012
Unsatisfactory both as a low-budget schlocker and as a piece of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
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
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
Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix
June 1, 2012
More akin to a meander through a haunted house than a fulfilling feature film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 29, 2012
I don't blame the acting, I blame the directing. Obviously from watchig the trailers you know something has happened as a result of the nuclear incident and the explanation for what is just 'eh...blah...who cares?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Eddie Harrison
The List
June 12, 2012
Visual effect supervisor-turned first time director Bradley Parker quickly runs out of creative ideas, making this disaster-tourism trip well worth avoiding.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
June 19, 2012
Beyond their admittedly inspired setting, the filmmakers lack even an iota of invention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
May 25, 2012
This is a standard-issue slasher movie without much slashing, substituting the Chernobyl-workers' ghost town of Pripyat for the likes of Friday the 13th's Camp Crystal Lake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
June 1, 2012
The people Oren ""Paranormal Activity" Peli charged with turning this idea into a scary movie ignore many of the cardinal rules of horror -- how to build suspense, the necessity of empathy in the characters, the need to give us and them hope...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
May 25, 2012
This is not a terrible film yet it isn't necessarily good.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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James Berardinelli
May 25, 2012
Chernobyl Diaries is afflicted with a fatal flaw that damages many horror films: after a better-than-average setup and a promising first half, everything falls apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
May 27, 2012
You should avoid this movie as if it were radioactive.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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William Goss
May 25, 2012
It takes a good hour for one of the leads to suggest that "we need to be smart about this." You want to be smart? Don't take an unauthorized tour of a nuclear disaster site.
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
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
June 21, 2012
A second-rate horror from Paranormal Activity writer Oren Peli.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
August 26, 2015
For all its familiar ideas, characters, and scares, Chernobyl Diaries earns points on restraint, mood, and location.
Tim Grierson
Screen International
May 25, 2012
The so-so "Chernobyl Diaries" feels like the sort of horror movie that "Paranormal Activity" was meant to replace.
Alison Willmore
May 25, 2012
A run-of-the-mill low-budget flick focused on killing off stupid, pretty young things slowly enough to fill out 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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