Chronicle Reviews

  • Based on Chronicle, it's clear that Trank has the right stuff to move up to big-budget fantasy movies. If he wants to, that is. In a lot of ways, he has already beaten the studios at their game.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Mr. Russell and Mr. Jordan are as likable as their characters, but it's Mr. DeHaan who pulls you uneasily in.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • It's a testament to Trank's capable direction that the movie feels so grounded in reality. There is no sense of the magical in the goings-on, even though what the boys are doing defies logic and gravity.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • A pretty good idea for a sci-fi thriller is undermined by hastiness - and by the pretense that it was mostly shot by one of its protagonists.

    Mark Jenkins — Washington Post

  • "Chronicle'' will never be mistaken for an artistic breakthrough, but it has a solid gimmick and pieces of it are brilliant.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Chronicle, with its found-footage storytelling and superpowered teens, at least playfully transcends its "Cloverfield meets Heroes" pitch.

    Aaron Hillis — Village Voice

  • "Chronicle" is an energetic hodgepodge that tweaks familiar conventions just enough to seem fresh. Forget the X-Men - these are iHeroes.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • ...even as its ostensible innovations flag, Chronicle remains watchable, and it doesn't hurt that the picture is a pretty tidy 85 minutes or so.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • "Chronicle" is a mildly experimental commercial film, and, for the most part, it's loose-limbed fun.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Sometimes a movie arrives out of the blue that announces the arrival of considerable new talents.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • As pulp sci-fi this Fox release is pretty good, but it's also commendable for its sensitive depiction of adolescent behavior.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • This is how the young Clark Kent must have felt. If Clark Kent had been on Facebook.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Chronicle puts a fresh, invigorating spin on the superhero origin story, a tale Hollywood spins again and again (and again).

    Adam Graham — Detroit News

  • It isn't a great movie, but one could imagine -- and hope -- that it becomes a cult favorite, outlasting other films of its ilk.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Unlike other mock docs, which unconvincingly pass themselves off as real, Chronicle cleverly embraces the format as shorthand for a new kind of naturalism.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • With great power comes the responsibility to make a decent movie, but the mysterious force running through "Chronicle" is the power to supersuck.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • As yet another found-footage film, Chronicle makes a good argument against further use of this tired conceit.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • Without the found-footage distraction, Chronicle is an entertaining and creative take on the concept of teenage superpowers.

    Eric D. Snider — Film.com

  • Once again, the conceit collapses along with the movie, and all that's left is third-act mayhem.

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

  • Chronicle is the kind of movie that makes one excited about the future prospects of the man at the helm.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

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