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Coraline (2009)

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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 235
Fresh: 211 | Rotten: 24

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.

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 8

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.

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A young girl walks through a secret door and discovers a parallel reality that is eerily similar to the life she already knows, yet deeply unsettling in a number of ways, in director Henry Selick's animated adaptation of Neil Gaiman's international best-seller. Eleven-year-old Coraline Jones (voice of Dakota Fanning) is fearlessly courageous, and perhaps far too adventurous for her own good. Coraline and her parents (Teri Hatcher and John Hodgman) have recently relocated to Oregon from Michigan.

Jul 21, 2009

$75.2M

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All Critics (235) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (211) | Rotten (24) | DVD (14)

This dark edge will be the biggest test of the film as a commercial prospect: it may be too terrifying for the target audience. But for braver kids - and parents - this is a thrilling, even challenging ride.

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Employing stop-motion animation that renders human beings with the distinctive characteristics evident in both The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, Selick finds the perfect look to bring Gaiman's vision to life.

February 25, 2009 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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A gift to imagination.

February 23, 2009 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Neil Gaiman's hugely popular 2002 children's horror novel Coraline has been given the animated 3-D treatment but you may want to keep the toddlers away from this one.

February 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Well-crafted and effectively creepy.

February 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
Richard Roeper.com
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Selick puts his real faith not in the gimmickry that Coraline's audiences will think they've shown up for, but in the stronger virtues that they'd likely view as old-fashioned: character, and story, and so on.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: NPR.org
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Gloriously gothic and deliciously creepy.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Coraline's dangerous predicament, coupled with the eye-popping set design, makes for a sinister and menacing universe that provides excitement and thrills, but may be a little too intense for younger viewers used to more sanitised fare.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The sinister undertones could be unsettling for preschoolers, but Coraline is a rare treat for kids old enough to appreciate its exotic rush of wonder, weirdness and wildly imaginative adventure.

September 28, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

Freudians, you have our permission to knock yourselves out.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Coraline looks fantastic and is wonderfully told, but you should probably leave your five and six year olds at home, especially if they get nightmares easily.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Will win over older audience with the story and design, rather than 'adult jokes' hidden within a juvenile narrative.

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Kids can enjoy this but they're not the primary target.

October 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex

It's wildly inventive, thoroughly amusing and fuelled by unhinged imagination. And it's creepy as all hell.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

With its silky visuals and breathtaking creativity, Coraline is one of the few modern features to prove that Pixar doesn't have a monopoly on animated excellence.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Visually, "Coraline" rests between Terry Gilliam's rudimentary "Monty Python" work and Pixar's prestigious polish. Every background is beautiful in a children's film that's mesmerizing and a bit bothersome at times, just as it should be.

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

The Nightmare Before Christmas test required. If the kiddies survive that one without developing an intense fear of the boogeyman or Santa Claus, Coraline gets a green light.

August 14, 2010 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
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Parents of impressionable littlies should be mindful that the film does descend into a very effective nightmare world in the final reel and some time could be spent shielding eyes from Selick's more confronting creations.

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

Gaiman's great story and Selick's direction make it a fun few hours in the theater. Just don't take anybody under eight.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Coraline is equal parts funny and frightening. This isn't a cute story for kids... but one of the most sophisticated, rewarding works of American fantasy cinema.

May 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

An amazing stop-motion achievement.

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

While Selick's production is not by any stretch graphic or gory, the use of odd and irregular shapes, proportions, and movement creates a dark symphony of macabre images that horrify the psyche and chill the blood all the same.

January 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
Bangitout.com

Evokes "Beetlejuice" and "Pan's Labyrinth" but is much more of a children's movie and a damned good one at that.

December 21, 2009 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Comment (1)
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It might be too sophisticated and scary for children, but it at least never insults their intelligence.

December 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

With Coraline, Henry Selick and his team of stop-motion animators have created a real wonder, one that will entertain children for years to come.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Coraline has enough exhilaration and dread to remind viewers of the first time they read about Gretel pushing the Witch into the oven

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Audience Reviews for Coraline

Enjoyed it - not sure how my kids would have felt about it if they would have seen it as kids.
September 10, 2013
Redlats

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I enjoyed Coraline and loved the story and the animation but I have to say I expected more from a collaboration between Henry Selick and the brilliant Neil Gaiman. Unfortunately Selick made such an impact with Nightmare before Christmas and Coraline isn't Gaiman's greatest achievements (it's not bad, it's just not my favourite of his) that Coraline just doesn't live up to what has come before. Maybe I'm being unfairly tough, it's certainly tons better than most other Children's films of late and really does bring back that horror and fantasy element of the classic fairytale that is overdue a return.
January 21, 2013
SirPant

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03/1/2012 (BluRay, 3D)
December 11, 2012
EightThirty

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    1. Toy: What's shakn' baby.
    – Submitted by Morgen Q (19 months ago)
    1. Coraline Jones: [about other mother] EVIL WITCH, I'M NOT SCARED!
    – Submitted by Miles F (20 months ago)
    1. Mel Coraline's Mother/Other Mother: You know... I love you...
    2. Coraline Jones: You have a very funny way of showing it.
    – Submitted by Andrew O (21 months ago)
    1. Coraline Jones: You're not my mother!
    – Submitted by Bria M (22 months ago)
    1. Mel Coraline's Mother/Other Mother: There's just one thing wee need to do.
    2. Coraline Jones: What's that?
    3. Coraline Jones: No way! Your not sewing buttons into my eyes!
    4. Mel Coraline's Mother/Other Mother: Oh, but we need a yes, if you want to stay.
    – Submitted by Gina H (2 years ago)
    1. Coraline Jones: How can you walk away from something and then come towards it?
    2. Cat: Walk around the world.
    3. Coraline Jones: Small world.
    – Submitted by Eduardo T (2 years ago)
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