Chernobyl Diaries Synopsis
Stranded vacationers find that they are not alone in the city which housed Chernobyl's workers.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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The problem with Chernobyl Diaries isn't that it's offensive, it's that it's dumb.
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Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
In Chernobyl Diaries, directed by Bradley Parker, stupidity is taken to extremes.
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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Typical-Dont Pay full price for this movie

By largato
Ok movie at a matinee price. Of course the characters deserved to die, instead leaving when they had the chance they have to go back and look for their friends that have been ripped part.....


By deidyc
Walking out of the theatre I heard mixed reviews from the audience I was with and while one of them said it was "the worst movie they'd ever seen" I highly doubt that. The setting is scary enough...

Spotty Story & Acting, Great Suspense

By VegasGiblet
While not particularly well-written or thought-out, the idea behind this film is scary enough. Built around the concept of extreme tourism, a group of 20-somethings decides to visit Pripyat, the...

Chernobyl Hills have Eyes

By Deceitfulpenguin
The movie was simply put..ok. To me it seemed like another Hills Have Eyes, but in Russia. There is also abit of a controversial underline to the storyline, but other than that, it was alright. It...


By ShadesVA2FL
I was definitely pleasantly surprised with the film. I wish there was a rate in between 'GO' and 'Must GO!' cuz thats where i would put it. If you wanna see a movie that'll make you jump its...

Chernobyl Diaries

By Mr Film Freak
Just caught the matinee for Chernobyl Diaries. Six tourist go on a "Extreme tour" of the town that was abandon by the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster and I think you all know what happens from...


By TxMyke
Just didn't think it was all that great...typical horror movie...bad decision after bad decision...not worth going to the movies...if you can wait for the dvd I'd wait......

Classic B

Ok, I'm 60 years old, it's thursday night, and I am sprawled on the couch channel surfing. Trailer comes on with midnight Sneak Preview. What the heck? My wife was up, I was board, last midnight...


By obsessed_movielover
Chernobyl Diaries was kind of like a Hills have Eyes but better and without perverted messed up people. The movie is pretty good all the way until close to the end. The end RUINED IT. Wait for it to...

More "what?" than "wow!"

By alison.shanahan
This movie started strong. The cinematography had an eery sense of film-within-a-film without all the shakiness of the 'found footage' piece. There's some excellent scenes of the 'extreme tourists'...

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Rated R | For Some Bloody Images, Pervasive Language and Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Radioactive mutants attack in waste-of-time horror movie.
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