Critic Consensus: Chronic demands patience from the viewer -- and yields rich dividends with an affecting story and a committed starring performance by Tim Roth.
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Critic Reviews for Chronic
The daily care of the terminally ill is portrayed powerfully in the low-key and clear-eyed Chronic. [Full review in Japanese]
For a drama that's as quiet and circumspect as "Chronic," it's a decidedly bold film, one that pulls few punches as it slowly peels away the emotional layers of its complex protagonist.
Tim Roth gives a career-high performance in this meticulous, disturbing film.
"Chronic" dramatizes the caregiver's paradoxical relationships to his charges with an acuity that can make it almost unbearable to watch.
Moves from static moment to static moment but struggles to make a connection.
Audience Reviews for Chronic
It may be slow for some viewers and the conclusion rather disappointing, but those with patience will find a sensitive character study that benefits from a delicate performance by Tim Roth, reminding us of the power of subtlety and resonance of what is not said out loud.
A mesmerisingly good performance from Tim Roth is chief among the reasons for watching this humane, oddly tense, and simply shot film with echoes of Michael Haneke. The supporting cast are also superb and characters and script feel naturalistic. I was expecting a controversial ending and actually got the exact one I thought was going to happen. It didn't anger me like it has other reviewers, but it does feel like it was just a way for the film to end. It doesn't feel tacked on, or nihilistic, it just *is*, which is not to say it's not disappointing. Some sort of more rational or, heck, even more cathartic resolution would likely have worked better.
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