90

Washington Post

Cronos is a horror genre film about vampires - but one so well conceived and executed that it satisfies both mainstream and art-film expectations.
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90

Los Angeles Times

By Kenneth Turan
Cronos surprises with its sophisticated and spirited look at a tale straight from the crypt. [22 Apr 1994]
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88

TV Guide

An offbeat and in some ways, more daring variation on vampirism
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80

Empire

A witty, stylish and imaginative variation on the vampire movie.
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80

The New York Times

By Janet Maslin
This film's reflective, even stately style elevates it from the ranks of ordinary stake-through-the-heart vampire dramaturgy, turning it into something much more exotic.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
For all its absurdity Cronos generates a real moral conviction.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Cronos is a thoughtful, intelligent film, and as a horror movie (which is, I think, its main mission in life) it's genuinely disquieting.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Cronos is more concerned with ideas and atmosphere than people.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
A Mexican feature from writer/director Guillermo Del Toro, it's a modern vampire tale that occasionally rises to the level of competence but never inches any higher. [20 May 1994]
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The picture, which marks the debut of Mexican film maker Guillermo del Toro, is a dull hybrid - a ponderous art film crossed with a vampire story. [06 May 1994]
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70 out of 100
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