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1,429 Ratings


Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Mexico, 1993
Horror, Mystery


Guillermo del Toro made an auspicious, audacious feature debut with Cronos, a highly unorthodox tale about the seductiveness of the idea of immortality. Cronos is a visually rich and emotionally captivating dark fantasy.

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Cronos Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Watching del Toro’s trilogy all together in a compressed sitting for the first time, however, it was Cronos that proved most captivating… It lacks the polish of later del Toro works, and it’s all the more lively and moving for its rawness—for the way its shoestring surreal-ness corresponds loosely and tellingly with the protagonists’ desires.
November 01, 2016
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Despite its clumsy plot development, Cronos represents a filmmaker joyously conducting a symphony of tones interlocking with cinematic details, dissecting core thematic obsessions with through the use of everyday elements.
December 10, 2010
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A melancholy modern-day spin on classic horror themes, Cronos (1993) was the then twenty-eight-year-old Mexican writer-director’s feature film debut, and it marked the arrival of a startlingly distinctive voice. Cronos was fresh without being trendy, exquisitely designed without losing sight of the fact that even the coolest creature can’t compensate for thinly conceived characters or a tediously formulaic narrative.
December 07, 2010
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