100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
If the characters weren't so well drawn, if the effects weren't so convincing, and if the upshot weren't so ghastly, the moral component wouldn't carry any weight. But Trank tells his tale with an emotional and visual crispness that gives the superhero genre its best crack at naturalism so far.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The most original and excitingly executed wow-factor-meets-handheld-video feature since "Blair Witch" itself. It's also a movie that rebuilds the power of special effects from the ground up.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Chronicle is full of smart writing that isn't too smart.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
John Trank's Chronicle grows into an uncommonly entertaining movie that involves elements of a superhero origin story, a science-ficĀ­tion fantasy and a drama about a disturbed teenager.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Despite a gimmicky premise, Chronicle fuels its action with characters you can laugh with, understand and even take to heart.
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75

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
By the time he's putting the entire metro area on notice -- having thrashed his father and all the local bullies -- Andrew has no camera and the metaphor has run away with the story entirely. The crazy thing is it almost works.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Bolstered by the natural performances of a trio of little-known actors, the very watchable Chronicle keeps us captive throughout.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
A clever twist on superpowers and hand-held filmmaking that stumbles before the ending.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Chronicle will never be mistaken for an artistic breakthrough, but it has a solid gimmick and pieces of it are brilliant.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Chronicle is an energetic hodgepodge that tweaks familiar conventions just enough to seem fresh. Forget the X-Men - these are iHeroes.
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69 out of 100
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