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Chernobyl Diaries Review Critics


Dave White Profile

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Despite an unlikely setting and a moderately intriguing premise, Chernobyl Diaries proves to be a generic horror flick where young tourists are systematically victimized in unoriginal and not terribly scary ways.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Chernobyl Diaries is afflicted with a fatal flaw that damages many horror films: after a better-than-average setup and a promising first half, everything falls apart.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    The novelty of the setting ultimately proves highly effective. Shot mainly in Eastern European locations that effectively stand in for Prypiat, which is now actually a tourist site, the film is highly convincing in its verisimilitude.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    If nowhere near as scary as the original Paranormal, the result is superior to many of the low-budget terror flicks that have arrived since (yes, The Devil Inside, we're talking about you) and benefits hugely from Dimitri Diatchenko's performance as moviedom's Worst. Tour. Guide. Ever.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Radioactive mutants attack in waste-of-time horror movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Chernobyl Diaries is a horror movie about young people who decide to tour the abandoned towns near the infamous nuclear power plant. Some of the violence, including attacks by wolves and radioactive mutants, is more suggested than shown, but the movie still has plenty of blood, gore, and dead bodies. A gun is also fired many times. Language is strong, with frequent uses of "f--k" and "s--t" throughout. There's some sexual innuendo and kissing in the beginning, as well as some drinking (and hangovers). Chernobyl Diaries comes from the creator of Paranormal Activity, but it isn't anywhere near as creative as that film or its sequels.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. What's shown, and what's suggested? Which is scarier? Why? Is the movie scary? Or is it more suspenseful? What's the difference?
  • What do you think about the choice to set a horror movie in a place where a real-life disaster took so many lives?
  • Do the characters make reasonable decisions throughout the story? What are some choices they could have made differently?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Aside from warning viewers not to enter an abandoned area contaminated by nuclear fallout, the movie has very little to say.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Characters argue and make poor decisions while failing to work together. Characters occasionally try to act heroically, but often these aren't the right decisions.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Dead bodies, both humans and animals, are shown. A character has a gory leg wound with a bone sticking out. Guns are fired, and one character is shot. Wolves and radioactive mutants attack. Characters get radiation burns on their skin.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Some sexual innuendo during the movie's first 20 minutes. Characters kiss, and one man plans to propose to his girlfriend.

  • language false4

    Language: "F--k" and "s--t" are used frequently throughout. Other language includes "p---y," "ass," "hell," "Jesus" (as an exclamation), etc.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters are shown drinking (beer, vodka) during a night on the town. Some of the characters are shown with hangovers the next morning.