The Box (2009)



Critic Consensus: Imaginative but often preposterous, The Box features some thrills but largely feels too piecemeal.

Movie Info

Norma and Arthur Lewis are a suburban couple with a young child who receive an anonymous gift bearing fatal and irrevocable consequences. A simple wooden box, it promises to deliver its owner $1 million with the press of a button. However, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world--someone they don't know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the crosshairs of a startling moral … More

Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements, some violence and disturbing images)
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Kelly
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 23, 2010
Box Office: $114.9M
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as Norma Lewis

as Arthur Lewis

as Arlington Steward

as Norm Cahill

as Dick Burns

as Walter Lewis

as Lana Burns

as Clymene Steward

as Rhonda Martin

as Martin Teague

as Wendell Matheson

as Rebecca Matheson

as Rebecca Matheson

as Vick Brenner

as Charles

as Jeffrey Carnes

as Don Poates

as NASA Executive #1

as Chief Engineer

as Black Op

as Detective Starrs

as Police Officer #1

as Police Officer #2

as Police Officer #3

as Female Neighbor

as Suzanne Weller

as Garcin

as Female 911 Operator

as Deborah Burns

as Dr. Earl Stupe

as Santa Claus

as Doctor Y

as Doctor Z

as Employee

as Chase Employee

as Chase Employee

as Chase Employee

as Chase Employee

as Chase Employee

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Critic Reviews for The Box

All Critics (150) | Top Critics (22)

Kelly treats what is essentially a Stanford University psychology experiment with inflated somberness.

Full Review… | September 24, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

Is it an odd film? Certainly. Will it creep you out more than it engages you? Probably. Should we be rewarding folks who are willing to step out of bounds and make us think? Definitely.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Top Critic

As a dark, strange and enjoyably paranoid little sci-fi thriller, I'd say the good points outweigh the bad by a long shot.

Full Review… | August 28, 2015

What they end up deciding sets in slothlike motion a convoluted string of ludicrous events that will take writer-director Richard Kelly years to live down.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
Georgia Straight

Weird for the sake of weird? Definitely. A work of art? Maybe. Genius? Hardly. But be sure of one thing: this is most certainly a box that's worth peeking into.

Full Review… | September 29, 2012

A shallow and easily-forgettable thriller.

Full Review… | September 16, 2012
Big Hollywood

Audience Reviews for The Box


Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

I'm not really sure what this movie was suppose to accomplish, and I don't think the writer did either. It's not entertaining horror, it's not interesting sci-fi, and the suspense is poorly executed. The only thing the film achieves is making a contrived mess. Things start off promising, but it's all downhill from there. Halfway through, the stupidity is just overwhelming. This film ends up lower than dog excrement. Avoid.

Jason Calvin
Jason Calvin

Super Reviewer

27/07/2011 (DVD)

Bewildered at first! The bewildered weirdness kicks but and for was very puzzling. Sometimes I felt like "what the heck is going on?" And then I would settle down to see the strange results produced from the unexplainable theories that in the end all made sense!

Very "Twilight Zone"-ish and according to what I know, the original story "Button, Button!" was written by "Richard Matherson" who wrote "I Am Legend" and several "Twilight Zone" episodes which explains the psychological wrenching.

A well done film adaptation for a short-story! Thinking that this team was able to produce a full length movie out of a short-story article from a "Playboy" magazine from 1970... Impressive.

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

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