'Chernobyl Diaries' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   2 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   85 reviews
  • Fred Topel CraveOnline
    0
    It almost seems like some producer saw a found footage movie and copied it, but he didn't really get it. Only the producer in this case is Oren 'Paranormal Activity' Peli himself!
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Alison Willmore Movieline
    40
    A run-of-the-mill low-budget flick focused on killing off stupid, pretty young things slowly enough to fill out 90 minutes.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Norm Schrager Paste Magazine
    45
    It's appropriate that the young cast spends a good deal of time running in circles -- it's a metaphor for first-time director Brad Parker's repetitive, colorless action.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Common Sense Media
    20
    Nearly every scary moment is either right out of the horror textbook, or else it subverts logic for an easy shortcut.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Lovell CinemaDope
    50
    In keeping with some of the better Wrong Turn chillers of recent vintage, the dimwit wayfarers in 'Chernobyl Diaries' break every rule known to horrordom and are, therefore, ripe for catastrophe. Goody, goody.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sara Maria Vizcarrondo Boxoffice Magazine
    30
    If this horror movie cashes in on the audience that echoes its character's awareness ("That's where the nucular thing happened, right?") then we're about to learn how low our national academic standards are.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Scott Tobias AV Club
    34
    It's The Hills Have Eyes meets The Blair Witch Project, a flashlight tour through a stupid urban legend, with the unseemly authenticity only real devastation can provide.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Gibron PopMatters
    30
    Yes, this is another movie where suspense is shuttled aside for actors yelling at the top of their lungs and many meaningless things going much more than 'bump' in the Ukrainian night.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Sobczynski eFilmCritic.com
    40
    While filing out of my screening, I overheard the kid next to me turn to his friends and say "Eh. . .I've seen worse" and not counting the last 10 minutes here, so have you.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • JimmyO JoBlo's Movie Emporium
    50
    This is not a terrible film yet it isn't necessarily good.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Schager Slant Magazine
    13
    With the faux-verite aesthetics of [Rec], the American-tourists-in-Eastern-European-hell setup of Hostel, and the brain of a mushy radioactive mutant zombie thingie, Chernobyl Diaries is little more than decomposed horror leftovers.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Liz Braun Jam! Movies
    60
    Chernobyl Diaries is still full of things to like. The characters are fully three-dimensional, the dialogue is believable and most of the action stems from logical circumstances.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Alonso Duralde The Wrap
    First-time director Bradley Parker (working from a script co-written by Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli) understands that suggesting is scarier than showing, and confusion generates more suspense than explanations do.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Todd Jorgenson Cinemalogue.com
    The characters lack basic common sense and the script takes itself way too seriously.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Norman Wilner NOW Toronto
    60
    You can't help but be sucked into the story, even when you pretty much know, beat for beat, where it's going.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Rogers Suite101.com
    50
    You get the sleazy fatalism you pay for, albeit with production values and scare tactics more atmospheric, restrained and artistic than you might expect.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Pete Vonder Haar Houston Press
    30
    Mutants? Near Chernobyl? You don't say.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ian Buckwalter The Atlantic
    30
    This is a standard-issue slasher movie without much slashing, substituting the Chernobyl-workers' ghost town of Pripyat for the likes of Friday the 13th's Camp Crystal Lake.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    9
    The cure for insomnia.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tim Grierson Screen International
    The so-so "Chernobyl Diaries" feels like the sort of horror movie that "Paranormal Activity" was meant to replace.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Laura Clifford Reeling Reviews
    42
    ...the location is where Peli's inspiration started and stopped.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Geoff Berkshire HitFix
    25
    The silly, shallow people in Chernobyl are so spectacularly stupid and keep doing such massively moronic things that you start actively cheering for their deaths.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Scott Weinberg FEARnet
    60
    Earns points on restraint, mood, and something that real estate agents know all about: location, location, location.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Matthew Razak Flixist.com
    50
    Chernobyl Diaries is a great movie to rent and watch for 85 minutes and then eject the disk before the ending truly ruins it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rob Vaux Mania.com
    34
    Watching the protagonists fall one by one, it becomes clear that this isn't a cautionary example: it's sweet Darwinism in action.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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