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The Box Reviews

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 15, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk
September 29, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
September 16, 2012
A shallow and easily-forgettable thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Todd Gilchrist
SciFi.com
February 15, 2012
it's just a big, incomprehensible, cliché-laden mess.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 24, 2011
Kelly treats what is essentially a Stanford University psychology experiment with inflated somberness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: B
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
Total head-scratch entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
January 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: 7.5/10
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
December 31, 2010
Here's one box you don't want to open.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Perri Nemiroff
CinemaBlend.com
August 14, 2010
Think twice about giving into foolish curiosity and leave The Box's button untouched.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
August 7, 2010
The consequence of free will is examined in Richard Kelly's mind bending morality tale, The Box.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cris Kennedy
Screenwize
July 4, 2010
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
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 2, 2010
"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 | Original Score: C-
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
April 1, 2010
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
March 25, 2010
[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.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
March 19, 2010
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
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
March 18, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 12, 2010
[Director Kelly] ventures boldly into the ludicrous, and comes out the other side with an even more sinister conclusion.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 25, 2010
All moral conflicts and creepy allusions are lost in a barrage of ridiculous plot devices, and a story that makes absolutely no sense...
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
February 15, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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