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Chernobyl Diaries Reviews

June 19, 2012
Once the annoying, two-dimensional characters start getting bumped off one by one, it's just a relief that the actors have stopped improvising their own banal dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 29, 2012
Director Bradley Parker shakes his camera around a lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 28, 2012
The real stars of the movie are the tired devices and plot points. They're famous, but they're as old as Betty White: The Guide Is Dead, The Van Won't Start, Her Shirt Has a Plunging Neckline, Don't Go in There.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 25, 2012
Standard-issue genre accessories (dank stairways, flashlights, overcast skies, frosty windows) abound; shocks are mild and few.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
May 25, 2012
You might actively root for their collective demise, if you could rouse yourself to care one way or the other. Go gallivanting in Chernobyl and you get what you pay for, nimrods.
May 25, 2012
First-time director Bradley Parker (working from a script co-written by Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli) understands that suggesting is scarier than showing, and confusion generates more suspense than explanations do.
May 25, 2012
The lack of suspense and surprise in this dispiritingly rote film becomes its own form of contamination.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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
May 25, 2012
Well-paced direction from first-timer Bradley Parker layers on the tension and tosses in some worthy scares.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 25, 2012
A basic monster movie that benefits greatly from its unique setting, Chernobyl Diaries again demonstrates Oren Peli's ability to wrest scares with minimal production values and a clever premise.
May 25, 2012
Scattered stretches of suspense and a few undeniably potent shocks are not enough to dissipate the sense of deja vu that prevails throughout Chernobyl Diaries.
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.
May 25, 2012
It's The Hills Have Eyes meets The Blair Witch Project, a flashlight tour through a stupid urban legend, with the unseemly authenticity only real devastation can provide.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
May 25, 2012
Avoid a boredom meltdown and give this formulaic scarefest a wide berth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 25, 2012
You'd never wish tragedy upon anyone, but at some point the characters become harder and harder to feel sorry for. Get a clue, people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5