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Chronicle Reviews

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Grae Drake
Movies.com
February 7, 2012
While most similar high-profile projects just consist of a lot of muscly guys wielding big weapons, zooming around outer space and saying forgettable stuff, this movie actually gives audiences something to invest themselves in.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
February 7, 2012
"Chronicle" is a mildly experimental commercial film, and, for the most part, it's loose-limbed fun.
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
February 6, 2012
Even if McGrain were wrong on most of his charges, he is probably right on a few, and that is a sobering thought. The question is which ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 6, 2012
Another one of those cheaply made shaky hand-held camera found-footage flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Tim Martain
The Mercury
February 5, 2012
Director Josh Trank does an impressive job of capturing the elation of three young men in the ecstatic throes of discovering they literally can do just about anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
February 5, 2012
Takes all the standard Super Hero movie cliches dresses it up with an interesting "documentary" style approach that makes the movie seem fresher than it actually ends up being.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
February 5, 2012
Not only does Trank have a real affinity for his characters, his instincts are pretty edgy, capturing the alienation, class rage and instability of teenage emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 5, 2012
Neither the boys nor the film's director and screenwriter can think of anything to do with these special gifts that is not frivolous, playful or malevolent.
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
February 5, 2012
Stands above the rest in the "found footage" genre. I want more.
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
February 5, 2012
Slick sci-fi, appealing to its adolescent audience with the question: 'What would you do if you had super powers?'
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Glenn Lovell
CinemaDope
February 4, 2012
The miracle of this little film ‒ easily the best thing I've seen so far this year ‒ is that it takes the X-Men formula and grounds it in the messy, blue-collar reality of Gus Van Sant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
February 4, 2012
The movie has to cheat every now and then to cover the story more fully (who has edited all this found footage together so perfectly?), but thank God it does because the film is richer for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
February 4, 2012
A relentlessly-grim overhaul of Revenge of the Nerds into a comic book superhero saga with shades of Lord of the Flies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
February 4, 2012
Despite the "found footage" aspect, of which I am not a fan, Chronicle is highly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
February 4, 2012
Calling it found footage is inaccurate and a bit insulting. It never strains under the burden of making you believe what you're watching is true. Instead, this is a compelling character study couched in comic-book wit, color, action and momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 4, 2012
A superior found-footage thriller...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Adam Fendelman
HollywoodChicago.com
February 3, 2012
This film's fanboy ejaculate loves you short time as it spews the buildup of what could be interpreted as a "story" and ultimately ends without one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5.0
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
February 3, 2012
I can't say the found-footage format of Chronicle was particularly impressive, but the rest of the film is a minor revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
February 3, 2012
A cool and clever twist on the coming-of-age origin story that fans of the genre will really enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Thomas Leupp
Hollywood.com
February 3, 2012
When the action slows, Trank's hand grows heavy, pummeling us with scenes of ham-fisted histrionics that undermine the found-footage verisimilitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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