Cronos Reviews

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October 29, 2019
A haunting little film that would augur greater successes such as Pan's and del Toro's 2001 masterpiece The Devil's Backbone.
January 29, 2019
Cronos, the crafty debut of a young Mexican filmmaker named Guillermo del Toro, emerged as a warning shot. His tale of vampirism and immortality is half horror, half historical fable-like all the best del Toro work to come.
May 25, 2018
From the prologue, it becomes clear that del Toro possesses an extraordinary vivid pictorial sense.
February 5, 2018
"Not everything is garbage," Dieter insists to his thuggish nephew Angel (Perlman)... Del Toro, too, knows that he is working in a genre typically dismissed as trash, but nonetheless, like an alchemist, transmutes it into pure cinematic gold.
October 6, 2017
It's part melodrama, part morality play and part thriller, more Dorian Gray than Bram Stoker and infused with a heady alchemic brew of ancient science, supernatural shadows, mutant organisms, demented villains...
October 5, 2013
Guillermo del Toro's feature debut is an arch twist on the vampire tale.
October 5, 2013
Cronos surprises with its sophisticated and spirited look at a tale straight from the crypt.
October 5, 2013
A compelling, complex and wonderfully atmospheric film from Mexican director Guillermo del Toro that is as much about religion and the nature of cinema as it is a horror story.
October 5, 2013
While the film's first half entices with its secrets, the second half falls into a predictable narrative that refuses to even suggest possibilities.
October 8, 2012
Stylishly dusted with musty mysticism, Cronos never sinks its teeth to the bone, but despite some grumbling plot-cogs, del Toro's hallmarks -- tragic heart, splatty body horror, prickly insect-fear -- all gestate wickedly.
October 17, 2011
A charming horror movie, if such a thing is possible.
August 29, 2011
A low-budget horror/fantasy with some rough edges, Cronos reveals the dark genius of Guillermo del Toro's fecund mind.
January 31, 2011
Many of the aesthetic qualities and thematic devices that Mexican director Guillermo del Toro would employ in later movies are already on the boil in his debut feature, Cronos.
January 21, 2011
Del Toro conjures up a delightfully potent atmosphere and motion for it, born no doubt of a real appreciation for such things.
December 10, 2010
Guillermo del Toro says, "Cronos is an exploded view of my brain."
December 7, 2010
The truly child-bound perspectives of The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth are still to come, though Aurora has flights of del Torian wonder.
December 7, 2010
... a weird, heady alchemic brew of antiquated clockwork mechanism, mutant organisms, demented villains driven by a greed for youth...
December 4, 2010
A beautifully creepy, hypnotic horror-thriller that paints a vivid picture of why del Toro is such a beloved, wonderfully haunting filmmaker today.
October 20, 2009
This is a wonderfully baroque, gleeful subversion of the days of Hammer. A unique, terrifying mini-masterpiece.
July 10, 2008
He also makes the refreshing choice of having the monster be all too human and fragile... Cronos is a stylish and innovative take on the familiar vampire movie.
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