67

Entertainment Weekly

If nowhere near as scary as the original Paranormal, the result is superior to many of the low-budget terror flicks that have arrived since (yes, The Devil Inside, we're talking about you) and benefits hugely from Dimitri Diatchenko's performance as moviedom's Worst. Tour. Guide. Ever.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
The novelty of the setting ultimately proves highly effective. Shot mainly in Eastern European locations that effectively stand in for Prypiat, which is now actually a tourist site, the film is highly convincing in its verisimilitude.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
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.
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40

Time Out New York

By Hank Sartin
If, as some critics have claimed, "The Cabin in the Woods" made the horror genre obsolete, someone forgot to tell screenwriter Oren Peli.
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40

Movieline

The problem with Chernobyl Diaries isn't that it's offensive, it's that it's dumb.
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40

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
In Chernobyl Diaries, directed by Bradley Parker, stupidity is taken to extremes.
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38

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
There's a nagging question at the heart of Chernobyl Diaries. It isn't what, or who, is stalking these kids. After awhile, the answer becomes apparent, leading to a denouement that, while mildly exciting, feels like a ride you've been on before.
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Despite an unlikely setting and a moderately intriguing premise, Chernobyl Diaries proves to be a generic horror flick where young tourists are systematically victimized in unoriginal and not terribly scary ways.
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25

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie wants us to find this frightening, but there's no suspense, no terrifying images.
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12

Slant Magazine

By Nick Schager
With the faux-verité aesthetics of [Rec], the American-tourists-in-Eastern-European-hell setup of Hostel, and the brain of a mushy radioactive mutant zombie thingie, Chernobyl Diaries is little more than decomposed horror leftovers.
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32 out of 100
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