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Chronicle Reviews

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
July 1, 2016
A found-footage film, like 'Blair Witch,' combined with 'Bowling for Columbine.' Instead of witches and guns, it's a teen outcast with supernormal abilities; like 'Carrie' with shaky-cam and cool CG.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Keyes
January 7, 2014
Somewhere amidst a jumble of fast images and unscripted shouts, I couldn't help but feel that this all would have been more effective in a movie that played the material with a more straightforward approach.
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 4, 2013
Superpowers mightn't be for everybody - especially angry, disaffected teenagers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 15, 2013
The visual effects in Chronicle are astounding, but it's the well-drawn characters and convincing performances that keep it so wildly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Shannon M. Houston
Paste Magazine
January 7, 2013
Chronicle is a sometimes fun, slightly dark film about a boy and his camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.2/10
Jeremy Wheeler
TV Guide
January 7, 2013
Villains rarely get the lead-character treatment in Hollywood, and that alone makes Chronicle worthy viewing if one is craving a unique found-footage film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
January 7, 2013
Such cleverness doesn't save the film from predictability and contrivance; it's a triumph of mindlessness over matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
January 7, 2013
As pulp sci-fi this Fox release is pretty good, but it's also commendable for its sensitive depiction of adolescent behavior.
Ben Kendrick
September 30, 2012
Chronicle isn't just a unique found-footage movie or superior superhero film, it's a truly enjoyable blend of the best each genre has to offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Beck
September 17, 2012
If other filmmakers involved in this genre could put as much time and effort into their story and characters as screenwriter Max Landis and director Josh Trank did here, there'd be a lot more of them worth watching
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 4, 2012
If how you finish is the pinnacle of performance, Chronicle drills the game winning kick through the uprights just as triple-zeros strike the clock.
Full Review | Original Score: B
William Bibbiani
August 22, 2012
Captures the wonder of the superhero power fantasy in a way few films ever have.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
August 17, 2012
The overwhelming number of superhero films of late and the seemingly limitless ability of CGI have taken some of the wonder out of displays of dazzling feats beyond ordinary human potential. Chronicle restores that thrill.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 22, 2012
Understands postpubescent psychology and even lightly traffics in philosophy...Here are newly born man and superman, both unprepared for the consequences of their sudden inheritance of the earth. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
May 16, 2012
There's not much in the way of character development, and the acting, though competent, isn't a selling point. The special effects are decent, but not incredible. If you buy "Chronicle," it's because of the concept itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
May 11, 2012
A bold mix of "The Craft" and "Akira"...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Gonsalves
April 30, 2012
The finale, indeed, makes a lot of what we've seen in much more expensive superhero films look stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
April 27, 2012
What is Chronicle? It's the answer to the question that you asked your friends when you're a kid - what would it be like if super powers were real?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
April 5, 2012
An intriguing, character-driven genre story well told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Simon Weaving
April 2, 2012
Clearly made to kick off a new found-footage franchise, Chronicle is a very clever story about teens who develop unusual powers, mixing everyday reality with some excellent out of this world sci-fi fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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