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Chronicle Reviews

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Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
March 8, 2012
Takes itself too seriously and by the end it was hard not to laugh at the Carrie in a cape concept. The problem is that the found footage/hand cam concept does not service the story and the film would have benefitted without it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
February 1, 2012
The movie takes 80 minutes to explore what would take up a handful of pages in a superhero comic book, making the fantastic into something drab and mundane.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
February 1, 2012
Offers up little more than a tired morality play about the dangers of power, rehashing stale insights about the narcissism of the documentary impulse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Anders Wotzke
February 1, 2012
Almost as if the project was subject to a hostile takeover by Michael Bay, Chronicle goes so garishly gangbusters in its final third, you'd be forgiven for reaching for a pair of 3D glasses.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
Clay Cane
February 3, 2012
A disappointingly mediocre film that needed some serious creative superpowers versus relying on docu-style gimmicks and trite morality tales. One plus: It wasn't in 3D!
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Thomas Leupp
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
Brian Orndorf
February 3, 2012
An uneasy cross between a Morrissey record and a middling X-Men sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 3, 2012
With great power comes the responsibility to make a decent movie, but the mysterious force running through "Chronicle" is the power to supersuck.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Adam Fendelman
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
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
February 2, 2012
If 8mm and Cloverfield mated, they might produce Chronicle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Sobczynski
February 2, 2012
The film, while undeniably energetic and entertaining in spots, is one of those slightly frustrating near-misses that never quite manages to live up to its considerable potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
February 17, 2012
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Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brent Simon
Screen International
February 2, 2012
Chronicle exudes a certain unfussy technical polish, but only scratches the surface of its junior-level Magneto narrative and ultimately fritters away a quite promising concept.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
February 3, 2012
It may be a somewhat realistic portrayal of entitled teenagers, but to me it was a story about three a-holes who just become super a-holes.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Top Critic
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
February 2, 2012
The simultaneously diverting and annoying Chronicle, directed by Josh Trask, is something like the 184th Found-Footage Faux-Doc horror movie of the past few years.
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.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Sci-Fi Movie Page
February 2, 2012
By telling us that the problem with bullied teens is... what they might do if they could fight back, Chronicle sides with the thugs, a not very pleasant place to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Jorgenson
February 3, 2012
By the time it reaches a climactic good-against-evil showdown, the film ditches its character development in favor of a flashy fanboy fantasyland.
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.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 15, 2012
even when the film is working, it's hard not to wonder how the in-story videorecording adds to the effect in any appreciable way
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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