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Chronicle Reviews

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September 6, 2017
[Chronicle]'s approach delivers a fresh take on superhero genre and its attitude should appeal to its YouTube generation target audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 13, 2017
Trank's debut feature treats the audience to a deluge of teen angst, power trips, comradeship and rivalry yielding an insightful look into the unstable machine driving humans' wills and desires.
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
March 4, 2013
Superpowers mightn't be for everybody - especially angry, disaffected teenagers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
January 7, 2013
Chronicle is a sometimes fun, slightly dark film about a boy and his camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.2/10
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
May 11, 2012
A bold mix of "The Craft" and "Akira"...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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
April 5, 2012
An intriguing, character-driven genre story well told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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