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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%
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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

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.

- fb634552688, Wednesday, February 20, 2013

4 stars

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.

- fb634552688, Wednesday, February 20, 2013

4 stars

The found-footage gimmick is getting really old; I would have liked this movie a lot more had it been filmed normally. With that said, "Chronicle" has much to offer. The film accurately portrays the teenage lifestyle (aside from certain characters filming every aspect of their life) as well as showing how people would act if they obtained superpowers. There is a lot of fun to be had at the beginning of the film but soon enough problems arise. The visuals are actually very nice and a certain flying scene is a thrill to watch. The ending sequence is also a notable one; the unique use of phone/security cameras works well. But it's the characters that truly make "Chronicle" stand out. We care about them, even the one who turns to his darker side, and this allows us to get more invested in the powerful story.

- edfilmreviews, Thursday, December 13, 2012