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Chronicle transcends its found-footage gimmick with a smart script, fast-paced direction, and engaging performances from the young cast.



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Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over. -- (C) Official Site

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Dane DeHaan
as Andrew Detmer
Alex Russell
as Matt Garetty
Michael B. Jordan
as Steve Montgomery
Ashley Grace
as Casey Letter
Anna Wood
as Monica
Bo Petersen
as Karen Detmer
Michael Kelly
as Richard Detmer
Lynita Crofford
as Casey's Mom
Royston Stoffels
as Pharmacist
Patrick Walton
as Park Ranger
Lance Elliott
as Police Officer
Nadine Suliaman
as School Flyer Girl
Pierre Malherbe
as Police Detective
Joe Vaz
as Michael Ernesto
Matthew Dylan Roberts
as Ernesto's Neighbor
Allen Irwin
as Redneck Trucker
Chelsea Nortje
as Girl in Window
Matt Adler
as Newscaster
Daisy Tormé
as Karen Detmer
Matt Nolan
as Austin
Popeye V.
as Park Ranger
Steve Kramer
as Police Officer
Ashley Peldon
as School Flyer Girl
Paul Pape
as Priest
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Critic Reviews for Chronicle

All Critics (178) | Top Critics (37)

  • As pulp sci-fi this Fox release is pretty good, but it's also commendable for its sensitive depiction of adolescent behavior.

    Jan 7, 2013 | Full Review…
  • "Chronicle" is a mildly experimental commercial film, and, for the most part, it's loose-limbed fun.

    Feb 7, 2012 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • Chronicle is the kind of movie that makes one excited about the future prospects of the man at the helm.

    Feb 3, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Without the found-footage distraction, Chronicle is an entertaining and creative take on the concept of teenage superpowers.

    Feb 3, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Although it dog-legs into silly mayhem in the homestretch, for a good portion of its quick 83-minute running time Chronicle is a quite clever boys-gone-wild-on-telekinetic-powers fantasy.

    Feb 3, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Chronicle puts a fresh, invigorating spin on the superhero origin story, a tale Hollywood spins again and again (and again).

    Feb 3, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chronicle

Just when you thought the found-footage-genre was dead and stuck in silly and predictable horror gear, there is something fresh and surprising. A super heroes and villains origin story, if you will. While it takes a bit to set up events, the second half is pretty spectacular, fun and surprising, ultimately culminating in an insane showdown that makes you wish you could have seen more of this. Well done.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

a good film. i love the story and the actors were well chosen. dehaan looks like a young leo dicaprio. i somewhat question the decision to make this a found footage film as it limited what certain shots could look like a bit too much, and it made for a lot of moments where cameras were carried in unnatural ways to feed the gimmick, but the film was thoroughly entertaining. the degradation of the villain in the end made for a less interesting fight scene, but the film was mostly very satisfying.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

A clever form of direction with stylish effects, Josh Trank's Chronicle supplies a rare thrilling blend of action and drama. Though the effects are slightly bland and unreal, the film is saved by its superb young cast and overall excitement and script. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

The revolution that Stan Lee brought to comics was basically the idea that humans with superpowers were still humans nonetheless (THAT'S the revolution??? and yet from such small beginnings ... !) and thus flawed, their flaws manifest in spite of whatever their extra power might be. And so this film's tragic story: teens get special abilities, yes, powers far beyond the ken of mortal men (I love that phrase!), but are no more capable relating to others than before, their personal idiosyncrasies just as apparent and what makes them special also makes them perhaps dangerous to the rest of us. Told via the best CGI money can buy and well, what's delivered is not a bad tale of teen angst gone ...WOW. Cool.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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