* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Andrew. Was [[spoiler: his final breakdown at the end]] a result of everything he had suffered, including getting set on fire... or did the morphine he was heavily doped up on exacerbate his already growing instability? Or both?
* CultClassic: It was a box office hit, but it seems on its way to becoming this thanks to the fanbase on Tumblr.
* HilariousInHindsight: Seeing Andrew suffer at the hands of his dad and hang out with his superpowered friends is especially funny since Dane [=DeHaan=] is playing Harry Osborn in the ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2''. More hilarious is seeing him destroy a spider with his power.
** HarsherInHindsight: We also see Andrew grow a taste for beating the crap out of his best friends and generally growing more insane by the day, partially thanks to his violent father. Now what is Harry Osborn famous for again?
** Also [[HilariousInHindsight hilarious]] is when Steve rescues the trucker, and his wet, now-skintight blue shirt begins to resemble a [[Film/FantasticFour2015 Fantastic Four uniform]].
* JerkassWoobie: Richard's {{Jerkass}} tendencies outweigh TheWoobie part, however.
* MoralEventHorizon: Richard crosses it when he [[spoiler:blames a comatose Andrew for Andrew's mom's death. He even tries to punch him while he was still in a coma.]]
* TheScrappy: Richard Detmer. Very likely an IntendedAudienceReaction.
** Possibly a HateSink.
** Casey is pretty disliked for being an obvious plot device (there needing to be another camera).
* SerialNumbersFiledOff: What a lot of people think ''Chronicle'' is to [[Manga/{{Akira}} a certain anime/manga about telekinetic teenagers]]. ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' comparisons are also pretty common.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: The floating Legos are very obvious CG, but...
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* SleeperHit: The film had a modest budget for it's type and didn't have a whole lot of advertising, and was even dumped into theaters in January ''on Super Bowl weekend'', but the positive reception and word-of-mouth not only helped make it a big hit, but also gave some of the relatively then-unknown cast and crew their big break and are now currently involved with various future Hollywood productions. (For example, the aforementioned casting of Dane [=DeHaan=] in [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2 the new Spider-Man sequel.]])