Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 90
    By turns playful, harrowing, intensely moving, and uproariously funny, Chain Camera cuts away all documentary artifice and goes straight to the source, allowing these kids to reveal themselves with the utmost directness and candor.
  2. 80
    The results are far more real than MTV's The Real World.
  3. 80
    Hilarious, unnerving and remarkably intimate portrait of multiethnic adolescent life that lends vigorous new meaning to the term "teen movie."
  4. 75
    A fascinating snapshot of contemporary teenagers.
  5. Informative, funny, sad and intriguing.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    What's surprising is how bright and engaging these kids are, and for once you're left wanting more.
  7. Filtered through tears, laughter and affection, the results -- are touching and fascinating though, by their nature unilluminated by dispassionate analysis.
  8. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Provides an intriguing, well-assembled snapshot of kids in the year 2000, bringing the portraits to an appealing conclusion by briefly revisiting each subject at the prom, graduation and then in sweet on-camera farewells.
  9. Guaranteed to jolt viewers of a Norman Rockwell mentality well into the 21st century.
  10. 50
    Absorbing in places, but considering the large and diverse pool the filmmakers had to draw from, it's a surprisingly repetitive and predictable collection of big-city sagas.
  11. Often tedious, sometimes fascinating anthology.
  12. On the whole, Chain Camera is encouraging.

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