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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... read more read more..., their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over. -- (C) Official Site

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85% liked it

166 critics

DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012

Stats: 11,312 reviews

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  • June 30, 2014
    Just when you thought the found-footage-genre was dead and stuck in silly and predictable horror gear, there is something fresh and surprising. A super heroes and villains origin story, if you will. While it takes a bit to set up events, the second half is pretty spectacular, fun... read more and surprising, ultimately culminating in an insane showdown that makes you wish you could have seen more of this. Well done.
  • June 26, 2014
    a good film. i love the story and the actors were well chosen. dehaan looks like a young leo dicaprio. i somewhat question the decision to make this a found footage film as it limited what certain shots could look like a bit too much, and it made for a lot of moments where cam... read moreeras were carried in unnatural ways to feed the gimmick, but the film was thoroughly entertaining. the degradation of the villain in the end made for a less interesting fight scene, but the film was mostly very satisfying.
  • June 18, 2014
    'Found footage' is overused in horror films these days, it was clever at first but then got annoying and some are barely watchable. To use it in what is essentially a Superhero origins story is original and a great idea. Unfortunately it fits into the barely watchable category as... read more it just doesn't work - this is ultimately down to the poor direction. The story is excellent and I totally respect the fact that this film had a low budget, it's all the better for it many respects but there is no excuse for hiring 3 bad actors and giving them horrible scripts. This film is a huge wasted opportunity that would have been something very special had it been in the hands of a capable director and production team. It's such a shame, as this should have been the ultimate superhero film, if it were a horror film it could have been Halloween but instead it's Halloween resurrection. It honestly pains me to give this such a low rating.
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    January 22, 2014
    A clever form of direction with stylish effects, Josh Trank's Chronicle supplies a rare thrilling blend of action and drama. Though the effects are slightly bland and unreal, the film is saved by its superb young cast and overall excitement and script. 4.5/5
  • January 7, 2014
    The revolution that Stan Lee brought to comics was basically the idea that humans with superpowers were still humans nonetheless (THAT'S the revolution??? and yet from such small beginnings ... !) and thus flawed, their flaws manifest in spite of whatever their extra power might... read more be. And so this film's tragic story: teens get special abilities, yes, powers far beyond the ken of mortal men (I love that phrase!), but are no more capable relating to others than before, their personal idiosyncrasies just as apparent and what makes them special also makes them perhaps dangerous to the rest of us.
    Told via the best CGI money can buy and well, what's delivered is not a bad tale of teen angst gone ...WOW.
  • August 12, 2013
  • August 7, 2013
    The movie is choppy, dialogue is cheesy, characterization is poor, acting is awful, and it ends all too abruptly. This is the kind of movie you go to expecting much more and then walk away thinking "Is it wrong that the fast food restaurant across the street has more to offer for... read more ten dollars this movie did?"
  • April 16, 2013
    The found footage genre has proven quite uninspired in recent memory. How far can you stretch out ideas in a genre where it seems all too clichéd? Although not a great film, Chronicle is still a breath of fresh air in a tired out genre. The film boasts some very good special effe... read morects and an interesting storyline. The performances are good for a low budget feature and the result is a film that is quite impressive. At first you think that the movie won't be that good, but as it picks up, the story unfolds and everything else becomes a little clearer. I am actually surprised that filmmakers can still turn out some good entertainment with a tiresome genre. Let's face it, the found footage genre is overdone, tired out, uninspired and dull. However on the rare occasion, there are a few films that manage to stand out. Troll Hunter was one of them and Chronicle continues that streak. There are many things that work very well here and with effective direction; there are minor flaws to be had with this different type of genre film. However the action scenes are what makes Chronicle stand out and makes it worth seeing. Action buffs who want something original in a tiresome genre wi8ll definitely be pleased with this movie. The performances are not really standout, but like I said the action and concept makes it a must see movie. Chronicle is proof that filmmakers can turn something good from a clichéd overdone genre. If you come across this one give it a shot, you may be surprised at how good it really is.
  • April 16, 2013
    Didn't really do anything for me... Surprised it had such a good rating. Then again, sci fi is not really a preferred genre of mine, so don't be put off by me!
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    February 20, 2013
    Once you get past the Blair Witch style camera, you'll find the closest thing to a realistic superhero movie, if such a thing exists.

Critic Reviews

Ben Sachs
January 7, 2013
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader

As pulp sci-fi this Fox release is pretty good, but it's also commendable for its sensitive depiction of adolescent behavior. Full Review

David Denby
February 7, 2012
David Denby, New Yorker

"Chronicle" is a mildly experimental commercial film, and, for the most part, it's loose-limbed fun. Full Review

James Berardinelli
February 3, 2012
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

Chronicle is the kind of movie that makes one excited about the future prospects of the man at the helm. Full Review

Eric D. Snider
February 3, 2012
Eric D. Snider,

Without the found-footage distraction, Chronicle is an entertaining and creative take on the concept of teenage superpowers. Full Review

Todd McCarthy
February 3, 2012
Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

Although it dog-legs into silly mayhem in the homestretch, for a good portion of its quick 83-minute running time Chronicle is a quite clever boys-gone-wild-on-telekinetic-powers fantasy. Full Review

Adam Graham
February 3, 2012
Adam Graham, Detroit News

Chronicle puts a fresh, invigorating spin on the superhero origin story, a tale Hollywood spins again and again (and again). Full Review

Owen Gleiberman
February 3, 2012
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Based on Chronicle, it's clear that Trank has the right stuff to move up to big-budget fantasy movies. If he wants to, that is. In a lot of ways, he has already beaten the studios at their game. Full Review

Stephen Whitty
February 3, 2012
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

As a surprise entry in the mid-winter movie doldrums, "Chronicle" is a modest charmer. Full Review

Connie Ogle
February 3, 2012
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

Though Chronicle won't necessarily stick with you, it's a pleasant surprise in the doldrums of the winter film season. Full Review

Joe Neumaier
February 3, 2012
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

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

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    • Andrew Detmer: I could crush you.
    • Andrew Detmer: I'm stonger than this.
    • Andrew Detmer: A lion does not feel guilty when it kills a gazelle. You do not feel guilty when you squash an ant beneath your feet. And I think that means something.
    • Richard Detmer: Basically, human beings have to recognize themselves as beings of pure will.
    • Andrew Detmer: What does 'altruism' mean, Matt?
    • Matt Garetty: It's like wanting to make things better for everyone.
    • Steve Montgomery: I'm not good at everything. I just do my best at everything.

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