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Three high school students make an incredible discovery, leading to their developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over.

Actors: Crystal-Donna Roberts , Luke Tyler , Joe Vaz , Ashley Hinshaw , Anna Wood , Michael B. Jordan , Michael Kelly , Adam S. Gottbetter , Alex Russell , Dane DeHaan
Directors: Josh Trank
Country: USA
Release: 2012-02-03
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  • 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.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • 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.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Chronicle is full of smart writing that isn't too smart.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

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

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Chronicle is so clever about the absurd, and so much fun to watch, that I'm almost disappointed the ending doesn't leave room for a sequel.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Chronicle becomes what "Hancock" wanted to be - a dark superhero story with firm footing in the everyday. Perhaps now the found-footage gimmick has been fully exploited; let us never speak of it again.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    First-time director Josh Trank, working from a taut script by Max "Son of John" Landis, indulges in some wild, witty spectacle, but he's equally adept with the tale's grimmer elements, especially when the introverted Andrew unleashes his inner Magneto and uses the city of Seattle as his tear-it-apart emotional playground.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Mark Dinning

    A stunning superhero/sci-fi that has appeared out of nowhere to demand your immediate attention.

    Empire Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    This mind-and-fork-bending sci-fi saga comes from the freaky imaginations of director Josh Trank and screenwriter Max Landis, who've packed their feature debut with smartness.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Chronicle may go over the top with its climax, but for such a giddy film, it's remarkably down to earth.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

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

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Travers

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

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The cast is comprised of unfamiliar faces, which enhances the pseudo-reality of the milieu. The principals - Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, and Michael B. Jordan - are professional actors with credits (many on television) to their names. But they are not "known" stars and that allows them to be accepted with ease into these roles.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • 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.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Aaron Hillis

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

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Unlike other mock documentaries, which unconvincingly pass themselves off as real, Chronicle cleverly embraces the format as shorthand for a new kind of naturalism, inviting audiences to suspend disbelief and join in the fantasy of being able to do anything with their minds.

    Variety Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

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

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Mr. DeHaan, whose vulnerability and physical awkwardness here can evoke the young Leonardo DiCaprio in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," is invaluable. Mr. Russell and Mr. Jordan are as likable as their characters, but it's Mr. DeHaan who pulls you uneasily in.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Indeed, to even call Josh Trank's film a superhero movie seems wrong: Rather, it's about what the average teenage boy might actually do with superpowers - and there is very little heroism or villainy on display here. Chronicle's very lack of scope is its strength.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Ben Sachs

    As pulp sci-fi this Fox release is pretty good, but it's also commendable for its sensitive depiction of adolescent behavior: even the bullying scenes avoid the caricature of most studio films.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Chronicle plays like an extended episode of "The X-Files" might; DeHaan in particular comes off like one of the series' more-memorable characters. That's a compliment. It isn't a great movie, but one could imagine -- and hope -- that it becomes a cult favorite, outlasting other films of its ilk.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Unfortunately, the film's climactic finale grows repetitive and goes on a little too long; once you've seen bodies flying and crashing through buildings once, you've seen it plenty.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Ty Burr

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

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

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

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    A few more bucks (or a little more thought) for the script would have been a better investment than faking Seattle. The characters are introduced so quickly, and their personalities are so thin, that what happens to them has little weight.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    It's odd, how these high-concept films, knowing that the central gimmick has a way of wearing out its welcome, are all so short – a mere 84 minutes in this case. Why odd? Because short always ends up feeling so damn long. This is no exception. Quick to start and painfully slow to finish, Chronicle is the same old chronicle.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Simultaneously diverting and annoying.

    Time Full Review
  • Andrew Schenker

    Offers up little more than a tired morality play about the dangers of power, rehashing stale insights about the narcissism of the documentary impulse.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Vadim Rizov

    A messy if initially intriguing take on sci-fi-underpinned high school angst for the vlogging age, Chronicle eventually grows repetitive and stale.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

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

    New York Post Full Review
  • David Denby

    Chronicle becomes a cautionary tale: power corrupts. Yes, and digital power corrupts absolutely. Andrew's sense of decency disappears, and so does the filmmakers' sense of humor. [13 & 20 Feb. 2012, p. 120]

    The New Yorker Full Review
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