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Cronos Reviews

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August 29, 2016
Cronos, Guillermo del Toro's debut feature, is more memorable for its elements and inspirations than its story. This feels like the connective tissue of The Spirit of the Beehive, a major influence on del Toro, and Pan's Labyrinth. Something to contemplate when the story lags.
½ July 28, 2016
Absolutely fantastic retelling of the classic vampire story. Gris finds an old artifact in a statue of an archangel, then attaches to his body making him younger. Meanwhile a dying man is trying to find this same artifact to become immortal.

The acting and script are top notch. The device is really interesting, and Ron Perlman is hilarious.

Such a great story.
June 16, 2016
Todos los involucrados son unos genios.
March 27, 2016
Guillermo del Toro's first film is sad, strange, and sometimes beautiful.
December 18, 2015
awesome directorial debut of one of my fave working directors today-Guillermo Del Toro
November 27, 2015
Always interesting to go through an auteur's filmography. There's a lot of del Toro's iconography already present here, even in his debut feature.
½ November 21, 2015
Made with a shoestring budget but with outstanding results! this movie is a must!
November 1, 2015
Effective & atmospheric take on vampires that, while not perfect, demonstrated Del Toro's coming powers as a filmmaker. The cast is solid for the most part, with Ron Perlman especially effective as the boorish Angel. The one weak link is Tamara Shanath, who comes off rather expressionless as Gris's granddaughter, Aurora (even when she does some grisly stuff). Behind the camera, Del Toro makes great use on the vampire mythos, showing the horror of having both a thirst for blood & aversion to sunlight, and the eventual physical change is quite horrific. However, Gris's reasons for using the Cronos device is never completely spelled and the benefits of having it are never shown (it just seems like a bad deal for the outset). Overall, a solid Del Toro film and if you have a Hulu subscription, definitely worth checking out.
October 31, 2015
I liked Ron Pearlman in this and thought the ancient device felt Cronenbergian, which is a good thing. Overall was pretty good as a whole. I can't help but feel that a lot of the elements of the film were later reused in the directors TV series "The Strain", so a lot of it felt familiar.
October 29, 2015
Guillermo Del Toro's directional debut is a cleverly touching horror film, that gives the vampire genre a unique view.
½ October 23, 2015
Guillermo del Toro creates a very unique and interesting take on the vampire tale. It's dark, brooding, and slowly paced but engaging enough to always keep the attention of the watcher. Pretty impressive first effort from Mr. del Toro. One of his better films overall imo.
½ September 25, 2015
Cronos is a polarizing experience. It is a great concept weakly executed. It is well made and well directed and it is such an original take on the tired genre with a very sophisticated script, but the dialogue is anything but and the film eventually succumbs to the usual horror trappings which was immensely disappointing. It is a solid directorial debut for Guillermo del Toro, but this is still far from his best work.
½ September 12, 2015
A dark and grim, but ultimately endearing fairy tale, this Guillermo del Toro represents a startling mix of originality and adoration to classical beautiful dark things that inhabit our imagination.
September 4, 2015
It's a movie. Super Straight forward plot about an old man becoming a vampire and some youngins trying to harsh his new found high. Also, Ron Pearlman wants a nose job and his rich dad won't pay for it except through inheritance.
½ June 12, 2015
A strange film which is hardly dark enough to be considered horror. I'm not sure if the multi-lingual mix really works here either, I don't really think it adds anything like it does in some films. You can see that Guillermo del Toro has imagination though and it's not surprising that he's ended up directing the Hobbit.
May 24, 2015
Guillermo del toro's debut Cronos is a scary yet thoughtful horror drama that succeeds at bringing the chills of a modern vampire flick and the necessary depth too.
½ May 23, 2015
Cronos is okay. But you kind of feel bad that this movie took 7 years to make for how simple it is.
½ April 6, 2015
Superb debut released as a total independent movie, which makes it even more impressive. Del Toro's pure vision of fantasy-fables always with a unique touch of the occult and mystic. Detailed to the teeth and a true beauty to watch.
½ March 31, 2015
A very unusual vampire movie.
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