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The Box Reviews

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

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 Source: Georgia Straight | Original Score: 1/5

February 15, 2013
Ali Gray

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 Source: | Original Score: 3/5

September 29, 2012
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

A shallow and easily-forgettable thriller.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 0.5/5

September 16, 2012
Todd Gilchrist

it's just a big, incomprehensible, cliché-laden mess.

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February 15, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Kelly treats what is essentially a Stanford University psychology experiment with inflated somberness.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 24, 2011
Laremy Legel
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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 Source: | Original Score: B

May 6, 2011
Dave White

Total head-scratch entertainment.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 4, 2011
Joshua Starnes

Richard Matheson probably wouldn't care for Kelly's adaptation too much because it certainly goes its own way. It's not perfect; it's a little slow and plodding and has a few characters that don't add much to the overall affect. But it's still quite good.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 7.5/10

January 7, 2011
Don Groves

Here's one box you don't want to open.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

December 31, 2010
Perri Nemiroff

Think twice about giving into foolish curiosity and leave The Box's button untouched.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

August 14, 2010
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

The consequence of free will is examined in Richard Kelly's mind bending morality tale, The Box.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

August 7, 2010
Cris Kennedy

I'd like to think there is a director's cut coming at some point to fill in the gaping holes.

| Original Score: 3/5

July 4, 2010
Brian Orndorf

"Somebody get Richard Kelly a Katherine Heigl romantic comedy stat, or else we might have yet another talented filmmaker unable to wiggle free from his own cavernous pretension."

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

June 2, 2010
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

Kelly runs The Box a little too closely to the themes of The Day the Earth Stood Still, although it does have something more cynical to say about humanity.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 6/10

April 1, 2010
Sean Axmaker

[Richard] Matheson's original story was a short, sharp piece with a very direct point. Kelley simply uses it as a jumping off point for his own dense, weird and oddly personal "what-if" tale.

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March 25, 2010
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Kelly stretches a perfectly good 22-minute television episode out to two hours with an insane barrage of red herrings and metaphysical sci-fi mumbo-jumbo

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly

March 19, 2010
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

It is a film that wants to be profound but it ends up feeling more like a lesser episode of The X Files.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 18, 2010
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

[Director Kelly] ventures boldly into the ludicrous, and comes out the other side with an even more sinister conclusion.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

March 12, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

All moral conflicts and creepy allusions are lost in a barrage of ridiculous plot devices, and a story that makes absolutely no sense...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

February 25, 2010
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner

For those willing to follow Kelly down all the rabbit holes his warped imagination contrives, there are small treasures to be found here and there.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner | Original Score: 3/4

February 15, 2010
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