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Cronos Reviews

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 5, 2013
Guillermo del Toro's feature debut is an arch twist on the vampire tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 5, 2013
Cronos surprises with its sophisticated and spirited look at a tale straight from the crypt.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
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
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Achy Obejas
Chicago Tribune
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

Total Film
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

Film4
October 17, 2011
A charming horror movie, if such a thing is possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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.
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
December 10, 2010
Guillermo del Toro says, "Cronos is an exploded view of my brain."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Sorrento
Bright Lights Film Journal
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
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
December 7, 2010
... a weird, heady alchemic brew of antiquated clockwork mechanism, mutant organisms, demented villains driven by a greed for youth...
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
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
Steve Beard
Empire Magazine
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
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
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.

TV Guide
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
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
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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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 9, 2006
A most startling genre piece: tender, imaginative and wholly its own.
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 2, 2005
Del Toro's first mini-masterpiece.
| Original Score: 4/5
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