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Chronicle Reviews

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.
February 7, 2012
"Chronicle" is a mildly experimental commercial film, and, for the most part, it's loose-limbed fun.
February 3, 2012
Chronicle is the kind of movie that makes one excited about the future prospects of the man at the helm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 3, 2012
Without the found-footage distraction, Chronicle is an entertaining and creative take on the concept of teenage superpowers.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 3, 2012
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.
February 3, 2012
Chronicle puts a fresh, invigorating spin on the superhero origin story, a tale Hollywood spins again and again (and again).
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 3, 2012
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 | Original Score: A-
February 3, 2012
As a surprise entry in the mid-winter movie doldrums, "Chronicle" is a modest charmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 3, 2012
Though Chronicle won't necessarily stick with you, it's a pleasant surprise in the doldrums of the winter film season.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 3, 2012
"Chronicle" is an energetic hodgepodge that tweaks familiar conventions just enough to seem fresh. Forget the X-Men - these are iHeroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 3, 2012
Once again, the conceit collapses along with the movie, and all that's left is third-act mayhem.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 3, 2012
As yet another found-footage film, Chronicle makes a good argument against further use of this tired conceit.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
February 3, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
February 2, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
February 2, 2012
[It] deconstructs the conventional superhero narrative and reassembles it as a canny discourse on impulse control and the troubled teen psyche.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 2, 2012
Mr. Russell and Mr. Jordan are as likable as their characters, but it's Mr. DeHaan who pulls you uneasily in.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 2, 2012
"Chronicle'' will never be mistaken for an artistic breakthrough, but it has a solid gimmick and pieces of it are brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 2, 2012
The potent and provocative journey in Chronicle never stops springing surprises. You'll be hooked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 2, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
February 2, 2012
This is how the young Clark Kent must have felt. If Clark Kent had been on Facebook.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 2, 2012
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.
February 2, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
February 2, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 2, 2012
Unlike other mock docs, which unconvincingly pass themselves off as real, Chronicle cleverly embraces the format as shorthand for a new kind of naturalism.
February 2, 2012
A strong calling card for the talents of Trank and Landis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 2, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
February 2, 2012
This is an auspicious beginning for a couple of exciting, young filmmaking voices.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 2, 2012
Sometimes a movie arrives out of the blue that announces the arrival of considerable new talents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 2, 2012
Perhaps now the found-footage gimmick has been fully exploited; let us never speak of it again.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 1, 2012
...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 | Original Score: 3/5
January 31, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
January 31, 2012
Chronicle, with its found-footage storytelling and superpowered teens, at least playfully transcends its "Cloverfield meets Heroes" pitch.