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Cronos Reviews

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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 5, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 17, 2011
A charming horror movie, if such a thing is possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 29, 2011
A low-budget horror/fantasy with some rough edges, Cronos reveals the dark genius of Guillermo del Toro's fecund mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
October 20, 2009
This is a wonderfully baroque, gleeful subversion of the days of Hammer. A unique, terrifying mini-masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
September 24, 2007
Cronos, at $2 million, was one of Mexico's most expensive motion pictures ever, the cost reflected not so much by epic scope and visuals as in polished production values and careful design.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 24, 2007
You have to admire the style, sincerity, and overall sense of craft even if you don't fancy the comic-book gore.
June 4, 2007
With this stylish horor film, Mexican director Guillermo del Toro makes a splashy feature debut that impresses narratively as well as technically.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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