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Crónicas Reviews

November 1, 2005
A riveting exploration of good and evil where the line between the two is unclear.
October 7, 2005
Nothing in this would-be thriller grabs you by the throat, never mind reaches down to your guts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 23, 2005
As good a commentary on our present media age as you're likely to find.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 8, 2005
An ambitious social-commentary melodrama that works about half the time -- until it engages in the very behavior it sets out to condemn.
August 26, 2005
We've seen this cautionary tale before, and the outcome, while chilling from an ethical perspective, is almost a foregone conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 25, 2005
[Cordero's] lens is focused on a larger ethics, on what makes human beings heroes and monsters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 25, 2005
Cronicas is the kind of tense, terrific suspenser that screams for a Hollywood remake. Only the remake won't be anywhere near as good, so check out the original.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 25, 2005
Cronicas is the kind of movie that grabs you while you're watching, even if later you wish it had grabbed a little harder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 7, 2005
Who could've guessed subtitles would make John Leguizamo a better actor?
Read More | Original Score: B
August 5, 2005
With considerable passion and more than a little anger, Cronicas argues that our appetite for an increasing coarse and sensational type of news programming has skewed our inner compasses.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 1, 2005
This gets television journalism right.
July 22, 2005
Cronicas has a cracking good plot, a central moral issue and John Leguizamo speaking Spanish. What more does a film need?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 22, 2005
Though Crónicas starts as a stark tragedy about widespread suffering, it morphs into a preachy, languorous treatise on manipulative media.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 13, 2005
The movie is worth seeing for Leguizamo's sinewy urgency, Alcázar's desperate cleverness as the killer, and the squalid, frantic atmosphere of Latin American hunger.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 8, 2005
[A] sometimes savvy media melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 8, 2005
This film offers a probing look at corruption in TV journalism and focuses on a country rarely glimpsed in movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 8, 2005
Reasonably absorbing and a provocative if familiar commentary on media manipulation, with Leguizamo terrific in a serious, intense performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 8, 2005
The movie is devoid of subtext because every idea is expressed with bold punctuation.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 8, 2005
A scathing indictment of writer-director Sebastian Cordero's ability to put together a credible story.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
July 8, 2005
His Manolo is a hair's breadth from being booed off the screen, yet Leguizamo retains audience sympathy and shows us a flawed, conflicted man who will probably never get a decent night's sleep again after the decisions we see him make.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 7, 2005
A sobering, unsettling and devastating experience.
July 7, 2005
Writer-director Sebastian Cordero keeps the moral conundrums on low boil while allowing the ominous, sweltering atmosphere to seep beneath your skin.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 7, 2005
Leguizamo's strengths and limitations fit snug with the reporter's own -- the comedic sizzle the actor brings to his best work translates smoothly into hardhearted aggression.
July 6, 2005
Oscillating between furor and languor, rage and repose, Crónicas mixes ethnography with media critique.
May 14, 2005
Starts out bracingly but gradually loses focus.