Chernobyl Diaries Reviews

  • Standard-issue genre accessories (dank stairways, flashlights, overcast skies, frosty windows) abound; shocks are mild and few.

    Andy Webster — New York Times

  • Avoid a boredom meltdown and give this formulaic scarefest a wide berth.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The real stars of the movie are the tired devices and plot points. They're famous, but they're as old as Betty White: The Guide Is Dead, The Van Won't Start, Her Shirt Has a Plunging Neckline, Don't Go in There.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • You'd never wish tragedy upon anyone, but at some point the characters become harder and harder to feel sorry for. Get a clue, people.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Scattered stretches of suspense and a few undeniably potent shocks are not enough to dissipate the sense of deja vu that prevails throughout Chernobyl Diaries.

    Joe Leydon — Variety

  • Well-paced direction from first-timer Bradley Parker layers on the tension and tosses in some worthy scares.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • It takes a good hour for one of the leads to suggest that "we need to be smart about this." You want to be smart? Don't take an unauthorized tour of a nuclear disaster site.

    William Goss — Film.com

  • You might actively root for their collective demise, if you could rouse yourself to care one way or the other. Go gallivanting in Chernobyl and you get what you pay for, nimrods.

    Dana Stevens — Slate

  • Chernobyl Diaries is afflicted with a fatal flaw that damages many horror films: after a better-than-average setup and a promising first half, everything falls apart.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • A basic monster movie that benefits greatly from its unique setting, Chernobyl Diaries again demonstrates Oren Peli's ability to wrest scares with minimal production values and a clever premise.

    Frank Scheck — Hollywood Reporter

  • The lack of suspense and surprise in this dispiritingly rote film becomes its own form of contamination.

    Mark Olsen — Los Angeles Times

  • For all its familiar ideas, characters, and scares, Chernobyl Diaries earns points on restraint, mood, and location.

    Scott Weinberg

  • A cool concept is compromised when this film descends into predictable territory.

    John Hanlon — Big Hollywood

  • After one effective scene involving a radiated Russian bear, the quality of first-time director Bradley Parker's narrative starts melting down like a TEPCO facility.

    Steve Newton — Georgia Straight

  • There's nothing but many empty scares and zero resolution...

    Felix Vasquez Jr. — Cinema Crazed

  • Its strengths make it worth paying attention to, while its weaknesses prevent it from becoming the first-class chiller it had the potential to be.

    Mike McGranaghan — Aisle Seat

  • Unsatisfactory both as a low-budget schlocker and as a piece of entertainment.

    Steve Wright — SciFiNow

  • There's nothing interesting, creative, innovative, exciting, suspenseful, or scary about it. We just sit there and wait for it to be over.

    John J. Puccio — Movie Metropolis

  • Chernobyl Diaries is a mismatched effort that was working with some intriguing core elements -- undermined by worn-out recreations of familiar horror set-ups.

    Ben Kendrick — ScreenRant

  • Sitting through this shaky-cam disaster of Chernobyl-like proportions is simply not worth your time, money or equilibrium.

    Kristal Cooper — We Got This Covered

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