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Coraline (2009)



Critic Consensus: With its vivid stop-motion animation combined with Neil Gaiman's imaginative story, Coraline is a film that's both visually stunning and wondrously entertaining.

Movie Info

Coraline Jones is a girl of 11 who is feisty, curious, and adventurous beyond her years. She and her parents have just relocated from Michigan to Oregon. Missing her friends and finding her parents to be distracted by their work, Coraline tries to find some excitement in her new environment. Coraline seriously doubts that her new home can provide anything truly intriguing to her, but it does; she uncovers a secret door in the house. Walking through the door and then venturing through an eerie … More

Rating: PG (for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor)
Genre: Action & Adventure , Animation , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Henry Selick , Neil Gaiman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 21, 2009
Box Office: $75.2M
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as Coraline Jones

as Miss Forcible

as Mr. Bobinsky

as Wybie Lovat

as Sweet Ghost Girl

as Ghost Boy

as Tall Ghost Girl

as Photo Friend

as Photo Friend

as Magic Dragonfly

as Wybie's Grandmother

as Shakespeare Rascal
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Critic Reviews for Coraline

All Critics (257) | Top Critics (46)

Coraline never stops taking artistic risks. I hope there's a brave enough audience out there willing to take the plunge.

Full Review… | November 17, 2014
Top Critic

All involved in this production deserve praise for turning Coraline into a triumph of storytelling and cinematic technology. Whether you're young, middle-age or older, you'll adore it.

Full Review… | November 17, 2014
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

For all its shortcomings, Coraline nevertheless has more imagination, heart and inventiveness in it than most recent animated films.

Full Review… | November 17, 2014
IGN Movies

You know from the very first sequence that Coraline is an extraordinary movie that is going to rattle the bejeezus out of young audience members and -- the truth be told -- their fathers as well.

Full Review… | November 17, 2014

It would be difficult for any filmmaker to mimic Gaiman's seductively amusing and imaginative writing, and Selick, who also wrote the script, should be commended for not falling back on some golden-tongued narrator. But his Coraline could use more spunk.

Full Review… | November 17, 2014
Philadelphia Weekly

The movie, though, dares not go below the surface. Could the problem be its use of 3-D? Did the filmmakers think that to offset this additional, illusory visual dimension they had to remove all depth from the story itself?

Full Review… | November 17, 2014
Boston Phoenix

Audience Reviews for Coraline

When they put Neil Gaiman on screen we get magic. Again an amazing adaption of an amazing tale. Me and my daughter enjoyed every second of this one.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


Very much like Neil Gaiman's book of the same name, "Nightmare" director Henry Selick imagines a world that is black, bewildering, and ghoulish. Drawing on our worst fears, and the intensity of childhood wonder, the film follows Coraline, a little girl who moves into a new apartment with her parents, and finds her new world wanting. Faced with a parallel universe and a ghastly villain named "Other Mother" Coraline must put on a brave face and end the monster's reign. Completely filmed in stop-motion animation, the world is even more beautiful and ghastly than it ever could have been in another medium. The characters are just as bodacious as the book, there's the same level of terror as in the original text, and there's a sense that Coraline is the only one who can save the day, even though she is a child. It's adventurous and dark, which more children's films should aspire to be.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Enjoyed it - not sure how my kids would have felt about it if they would have seen it as kids.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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