Chernobyl Diaries
Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: May 25, 2012
DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
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Critic Score: 17% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite an interesting premise and spooky atmospherics, Chernobyl Diaries is mostly short on suspense and originality.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

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.

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Andy Webster
New York Times

Standard-issue genre accessories (dank stairways, flashlights, overcast skies, frosty windows) abound; shocks are mild and few.

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Yasmin Shehab

Basically a continually-shrinking bunch of tourists running around trying to find their way out of a Ukrainian ghost land. Fascinating.

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Hank Sartin
Time Out

Director Bradley Parker shakes his camera around a lot.

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Dana Stevens

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.

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Scott Weinberg

For all its familiar ideas, characters, and scares, Chernobyl Diaries earns points on restraint, mood, and location.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

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.

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Alonso Duralde

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.

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

A cool concept is compromised when this film descends into predictable territory.

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More reviews for Chernobyl Diaries

Flixster Audience Score: 28% Flixster User Reviews
Wildaly M
Cannot even believe I paid to see this.
Cynthia S.
The story of Chernobyl has always fascinated me. It was a complete surprise to me when I finished this film to was a complete and utter turd. Great… More
Christopher Heim
Bad acting, predictable scares, insipid writing, and utterly devoid of any compelling suspense or surprises; this horror schlock wastes away its eerie premise… More
Everett Johnson
"Chernobyl Diaries" is a movie by Oren Peli, the guy who created the "Paranormal Activity" series. Here, it is a similar concept in some… More
Bruce Bruce
Straight to the point: Chernobyl Diaries has some of the worst acting/script/motivations I have seen in a movie, along with incredibly predictable… More
Josh Lewis
This is one of those horror movies where the characters do so many dumb things that it just drives you mad. I fully expect their to be bad decisions made in… More