Chain Camera


Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12

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Critic Reviews

  1. 80
    Hilarious, unnerving and remarkably intimate portrait of multiethnic adolescent life that lends vigorous new meaning to the term "teen movie."
  2. 80
    The results are far more real than MTV's The Real World.
  3. Guaranteed to jolt viewers of a Norman Rockwell mentality well into the 21st century.
  4. 75
    A fascinating snapshot of contemporary teenagers.
  5. Informative, funny, sad and intriguing.
  6. 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.
  7. Filtered through tears, laughter and affection, the results -- are touching and fascinating though, by their nature unilluminated by dispassionate analysis.
  8. 70
    What's surprising is how bright and engaging these kids are, and for once you're left wanting more.
  9. 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.

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