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Chronicle

action & adventure, drama, sci-fi & fantasy


Witness the mind-bending chronicle of great power gone awry.When three ordinary high school friends make an extraordinary discovery, they acquire amazing abilities beyond their understanding.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    85%
  • Audience Score
    71%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

Teens get super powers in relatable but violent thriller.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Chronicle is an action thriller about three teens who happen upon a strange discovery and, soon after, develop telekinesis and other powers. There's plenty of over-the-top violence (including deaths, the bloody aftermath of fights, explosions, and other mayhem), and the movie also deals with heavy themes -- chronic illness, abuse, rage, family dysfunction, financial distress, and more -- which makes it too intense for younger viewers. Still, it's surprisingly heartfelt, and it captures well the dynamics of teenage male friendships (especially the way they talk). Some scenes portray underage drinking (to the point of drunkenness), and there's also swearing, sexual innuendo, and implied sexual encounters.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How does it compare to what you've seen in other movies about people with super powers? Is all of it necessary to the story?
  • Why are teenagers so cruel to each other sometimes? Parents, talk to your teens about handling bullying in real life.
  • What is Chronicle trying to say about male friendships? What about how strength can be used (or misused)?
  • Why do you think Andrew responds to the development of his powers differently from Steve and Matt? How do the unfolding events at home shape his reactions and decisions?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    85%
    reviews counted: 1
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  • Audience

    71%

Top Critic Reviews

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

- Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, Friday, February 3, 2012

Audience Reviews

4 stars

No thanks to "The Blair Witch Project," found-footage films have become a self-sustaining genre of own. A one trick technique that has now been imitated by many a horror flick with varying success. After the disappointing "Cloverfeld" hopes weren't high for "Chronicle". Luckily "Chronicle" defies expectations and is a smartly realized, often thrilling film. After discovering a mysterious hole in the ground, three teenagers develop telekinetic powers that at first they use for fun. Two of the three teenagers are well-adjusted, popular kids (Matt and Steve) but the third (Andrew) is an abused, bullied kid. Now faced with having a power that he's never possessed, Andrew's instincts become darker. What happens next is an intelligent mixture of Stephen King's "Carrie" and a modern superhero drama. "Chronicle" veers dangerously close to becoming a heavy-handed morality tale about the perils of power, but the film wisely just skirts that inclination and instead delivers a wise slice of adolescent angst. Which brings us to the aforementioned found-footage filming technique. For "Chronicle" it works especially after the it gets over its awkward beginnings. But the filmed angle allows "Chronicle" to feel rawer, forces the performances to be more natural and by switching camera angles, the scenes actually feel more realistic than many big-budget CGI films. A bigger surprise are the performances. The three leads are revelations with standout Dane DeHaan as troubled Andrew. He effectively showcases the darkness behind this poor teenager's eyes. With all that, "Chronicle" still remembers to deliver on the thrills, and at times it's incredibly thrilling - the last scene alone is a high-energy, loud highlight. While not perfect, as the found footage doesn't always work, "Chronicle" transcends the expected and is one of the highlights of the 2011 film season.

- guaybanex, Monday, December 24, 2012

4 stars

No thanks to "The Blair Witch Project," found-footage films have become a self-sustaining genre of own. A one trick technique that has now been imitated by many a horror flick with varying success. After the disappointing "Cloverfeld" hopes weren't high for "Chronicle". Luckily "Chronicle" defies expectations and is a smartly realized, often thrilling film. After discovering a mysterious hole in the ground, three teenagers develop telekinetic powers that at first they use for fun. Two of the three teenagers are well-adjusted, popular kids (Matt and Steve) but the third (Andrew) is an abused, bullied kid. Now faced with having a power that he's never possessed, Andrew's instincts become darker. What happens next is an intelligent mixture of Stephen King's "Carrie" and a modern superhero drama. "Chronicle" veers dangerously close to becoming a heavy-handed morality tale about the perils of power, but the film wisely just skirts that inclination and instead delivers a wise slice of adolescent angst. Which brings us to the aforementioned found-footage filming technique. For "Chronicle" it works especially after the it gets over its awkward beginnings. But the filmed angle allows "Chronicle" to feel rawer, forces the performances to be more natural and by switching camera angles, the scenes actually feel more realistic than many big-budget CGI films. A bigger surprise are the performances. The three leads are revelations with standout Dane DeHaan as troubled Andrew. He effectively showcases the darkness behind this poor teenager's eyes. With all that, "Chronicle" still remembers to deliver on the thrills, and at times it's incredibly thrilling - the last scene alone is a high-energy, loud highlight. While not perfect, as the found footage doesn't always work, "Chronicle" transcends the expected and is one of the highlights of the 2011 film season.

- guaybanex, Monday, December 24, 2012

4 stars

So this is what high schoolers would do with super powers! I can completely believe this to be true..lol..I thought that this movie was a lot of fun! I am not really into those "live footage" movies, but I found myself enjoying this one.

- itsjustme2004, Tuesday, February 19, 2013