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Crónicas (2005)



Critic Consensus: An unsettling and absorbing cautionary tale with John Leguizamo playing an unscrupulous TV reporter who uses the medium to further his own goals.

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A man with a secret forms an uneasy alliance with an opportunistic reporter in this drama from Mexico. Manolo Bonilla (John Leguizamo) is a broadcast journalist for a Latin-American tabloid television series who has been sent to Ecuador to cover the funeral services of three children who fell victim to a mass murderer known as "the Monster of Babahoyo." Shortly after Bonilla finishes interviewing a young mourner, the child is struck by a car driven by Vinicio Cepeda (Damián Alcázar), a traveling salesman who pedals bibles. The crowd assembled to pay their respects flies into a rage, pulling Cepeda from his car and nearly killing him. Bonilla's intervention ends up saving Cepeda's life, but the reporter is ashamed to admit that he and his cameraman didn't break through the crowd to save the driver, but in hopes of getting a better shot of those beating him. Cepeda is jailed for manslaughter, and when Bonilla visits him behind bars, he shares some unexpected news with the reporter -- he claims to know the identity of "the Monster of Babahoyo," and also knows where the killer has buried other victims. Cepeda is willing to share this information if Bonilla can help get him out of jail, but instead of handing the information to the police, Bonilla decides to investigate himself, certain that another scoop on the case will boost his ratings and his career. Crónicas was screened as part of the "Un Certain Regard" series at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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All Critics (71) | Top Critics (25)

A riveting exploration of good and evil where the line between the two is unclear.

November 1, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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Nothing in this would-be thriller grabs you by the throat, never mind reaches down to your guts.

Full Review… | October 7, 2005
Boston Globe
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As good a commentary on our present media age as you're likely to find.

Full Review… | September 23, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
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An ambitious social-commentary melodrama that works about half the time -- until it engages in the very behavior it sets out to condemn.

Full Review… | September 8, 2005
Washington Post
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We've seen this cautionary tale before, and the outcome, while chilling from an ethical perspective, is almost a foregone conclusion.

Full Review… | August 26, 2005
Seattle Times
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[Cordero's] lens is focused on a larger ethics, on what makes human beings heroes and monsters.

Full Review… | August 25, 2005
Chicago Tribune
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Audience Reviews for Crónicas

Review #469 True Story, Drama, Espanol A film that is about as unsettling as they come, but doesn't give the viewer much subtlety . It is engaging and gets the performances that it needed, and that it the main reason, I ended up not hating it. "This was Leguizamo's film to own, and he owned it well." Trust Me: It's still worth at least one watch.

joseph eastmond
joseph eastmond

Cronicas is a really interesting movie. It's leguizamos best drama role yet. Now the plot it's really good as well with the story and the suspence builds up all the way to the end. I know there's alot of people that hvent seen it but if you cross on this review please do it so it's really worth seeing.

Christian Hanna
Christian Hanna

Great movie. Interesting story plot. Great cast- John Leguizamo, Leonor Watling, Alfred Molina, Javier Cámara, and Damián Alcázar. Worthy!

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