Cronos (1994)

This surreal variant on the classic vampire tale is the directorial debut of Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who garnered international acclaim and several awards. The film tells the story of elderly antique dealer Jesus Gris… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 1994
DVD Release Date: October 26, 1994
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Guillermo del Toro's unique feature debut is not only gory and stylish, but also charming and intelligent.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Guillermo del Toro's feature debut is an arch twist on the vampire tale.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

You have to admire the style, sincerity, and overall sense of craft even if you don't fancy the comic-book gore.

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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

It's part melodrama, part morality play and part thriller, more Dorian Gray than Bram Stoker and infused with a heady alchemic brew of ancient science, supernatural shadows, mutant organisms, demented villains...

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Cronos surprises with its sophisticated and spirited look at a tale straight from the crypt.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

A most startling genre piece: tender, imaginative and wholly its own.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

A compelling, complex and wonderfully atmospheric film from Mexican director Guillermo del Toro that is as much about religion and the nature of cinema as it is a horror story.

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Achy Obejas
Chicago Tribune

While the film's first half entices with its secrets, the second half falls into a predictable narrative that refuses to even suggest possibilities.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

A very stylish and sophisticated Mexican variation on some age-old themes.

Total Film

Stylishly dusted with musty mysticism, Cronos never sinks its teeth to the bone, but despite some grumbling plot-cogs, del Toro's hallmarks -- tragic heart, splatty body horror, prickly insect-fear -- all gestate wickedly.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Terrific vampire film, Cronos is a horrifying take on the genre, one that director Guillermo del Toro takes on with great confidence. This is a terrifying… More
Jacob Ethington
Horror is not a known for being a unique genre. It has many rip-offs and imitators, but that being said, many "imitators" and "rip-offs"… More
Graham Jones
Endlessly imaginative.
Kevin M. Williams
An interesting variant on the old vampire legend, one stressing not only the humanity of the monster (he's got a family ... they might become lunch ...… More
Chris Weber
For his directorial debut, then 28 year-old Guillermo del Toro opted for a surreal, darkly comedic take on the vampire myth. Not only did this cement del Toro… More
Dean King
A strange debut horror story for Guillermo del Toro. It has a certain charm to it, bringing a new idea to a vampire tale. Character driven rather than over the… More