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Chronicle Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 7, 2013
David Denby
New Yorker
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"Chronicle" is a mildly experimental commercial film, and, for the most part, it's loose-limbed fun.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

February 7, 2012
James Berardinelli
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Chronicle is the kind of movie that makes one excited about the future prospects of the man at the helm.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

February 3, 2012
Eric D. Snider
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Without the found-footage distraction, Chronicle is an entertaining and creative take on the concept of teenage superpowers.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

February 3, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

February 3, 2012
Adam Graham
Detroit News
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Chronicle puts a fresh, invigorating spin on the superhero origin story, a tale Hollywood spins again and again (and again).

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: A-

February 3, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Based on Chronicle, it's clear that Trank has the right stuff to move up to big-budget fantasy movies. If he wants to, that is. In a lot of ways, he has already beaten the studios at their game.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

February 3, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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As a surprise entry in the mid-winter movie doldrums, "Chronicle" is a modest charmer.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 3, 2012
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Though Chronicle won't necessarily stick with you, it's a pleasant surprise in the doldrums of the winter film season.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 3, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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"Chronicle" is an energetic hodgepodge that tweaks familiar conventions just enough to seem fresh. Forget the X-Men - these are iHeroes.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

February 3, 2012
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Once again, the conceit collapses along with the movie, and all that's left is third-act mayhem.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

February 3, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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As yet another found-footage film, Chronicle makes a good argument against further use of this tired conceit.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 3, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 3, 2012
Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
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A pretty good idea for a sci-fi thriller is undermined by hastiness - and by the pretense that it was mostly shot by one of its protagonists.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

February 3, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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It's a testament to Trank's capable direction that the movie feels so grounded in reality. There is no sense of the magical in the goings-on, even though what the boys are doing defies logic and gravity.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2012
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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[It] deconstructs the conventional superhero narrative and reassembles it as a canny discourse on impulse control and the troubled teen psyche.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

February 2, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Mr. Russell and Mr. Jordan are as likable as their characters, but it's Mr. DeHaan who pulls you uneasily in.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 2, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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"Chronicle'' will never be mistaken for an artistic breakthrough, but it has a solid gimmick and pieces of it are brilliant.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 2, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The potent and provocative journey in Chronicle never stops springing surprises. You'll be hooked.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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This mind-and-fork-bending sci-fi saga comes from the freaky imaginations of director Josh Trank and screenwriter Max Landis, who've packed their feature debut with smartness.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 2, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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This is how the young Clark Kent must have felt. If Clark Kent had been on Facebook.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 2, 2012
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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There are many exhilarating moments and ideas in Chronicle that make it a very good movie; if the filmmakers had ditched the unnecessary framing device of the characters filming themselves, it might have been a great one.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

February 2, 2012
John Anderson
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This very promising feature debut by director Josh Trank turns into one smart thriller, a parable of unchecked power, and an action film in which the action -- although seen through a viewfinder -- carries the viewer away.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 2, 2012
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 2, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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It isn't a great movie, but one could imagine -- and hope -- that it becomes a cult favorite, outlasting other films of its ilk.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 2, 2012
Peter Debruge
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Unlike other mock docs, which unconvincingly pass themselves off as real, Chronicle cleverly embraces the format as shorthand for a new kind of naturalism.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 2, 2012
Cath Clarke
Time Out
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A strong calling card for the talents of Trank and Landis.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

February 2, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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What would you do, the movie asks, if you suddenly had superpowers? It's an interesting question, even as it fades away in a blur of chaotic special effects at the end.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

February 2, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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This is an auspicious beginning for a couple of exciting, young filmmaking voices.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Sometimes a movie arrives out of the blue that announces the arrival of considerable new talents.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 2, 2012
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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...even as its ostensible innovations flag, Chronicle remains watchable, and it doesn't hurt that the picture is a pretty tidy 85 minutes or so.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3/5

February 1, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Trank, working from a taut script by Max "Son of John" Landis, indulges in some wild, witty spectacle, but he's equally adept with the tale's grimmer elements...

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

January 31, 2012
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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Chronicle, with its found-footage storytelling and superpowered teens, at least playfully transcends its "Cloverfield meets Heroes" pitch.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 31, 2012
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