Chernobyl Diaries
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Chernobyl Diaries is an original story from Oren Peli, who first terrified audiences with his groundbreaking thriller, Paranormal Activity. The film follows a group of six young vacationers who, looking to go off the beaten path, hire an "extreme" tour guide. Ignoring warnings, he takes them into the city of Pripyat, the former home to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, but a deserted town since the disaster more than 25 years ago. After a brief exploration of the abandoned city, however, the group soon finds themselves stranded, only to discover that they are not alone...… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Once the annoying, two-dimensional characters start getting bumped off one by one, it's just a relief that the actors have stopped improvising their own banal dialogue."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Standard-issue genre accessories (dank stairways, flashlights, overcast skies, frosty windows) abound; shocks are mild and few."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"A cool concept is compromised when this film descends into predictable territory."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Its strengths make it worth paying attention to, while its weaknesses prevent it from becoming the first-class chiller it had the potential to be."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Chernobyl Diaries is a mismatched effort that was working with some intriguing core elements -- undermined by worn-out recreations of familiar horror set-ups."
‑ Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant
"Director Bradley Parker shakes his camera around a lot."
‑ Hank Sartin, Time Out New York
"You might actively root for their collective demise, if you could rouse yourself to care one way or the other. Go gallivanting in Chernobyl and you get what you pay for, nimrods."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"After one effective scene involving a radiated Russian bear, the quality of first-time director Bradley Parker's narrative starts melting down like a TEPCO facility."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Unsatisfactory both as a low-budget schlocker and as a piece of entertainment."
‑ Steve Wright, SciFiNow
"Sitting through this shaky-cam disaster of Chernobyl-like proportions is simply not worth your time, money or equilibrium."
‑ Kristal Cooper, We Got This Covered
"The real stars of the movie are the tired devices and plot points. They're famous, but they're as old as Betty White: The Guide Is Dead, The Van Won't Start, Her Shirt Has a Plunging Neckline, Don't Go in There."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"There's nothing but many empty scares and zero resolution..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"There's nothing interesting, creative, innovative, exciting, suspenseful, or scary about it. We just sit there and wait for it to be over."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Dialogue is banal, the camerawork's predictable, and any subtext's missing in all the action. The flick's irradiated with a general insensitivity to human tragedy. The place, though, is deeply eerie on its own."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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