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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 passageway, she discovers an alternate version of her life and existence.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: Neil Gaiman, Henry Selick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 21, 2009
Box Office: $75.2M
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Dakota Fanning
as Coraline Jones
Dawn French
as Miss Forcible
Ian McShane
as Mr. Bobinsky
Robert Bailey Jr.
as Wybie Lovat
Aankha Neal
as Sweet Ghost Girl
George Selick
as Ghost Boy
Hannah Kaiser
as Tall Ghost Girl
Harry Selick
as Photo Friend
Marina Budovsky
as Photo Friend
Emerson Hatcher
as Magic Dragonfly
Carolyn Crawford
as Wybie's Grandmother
Yona Prost
as Shakespeare Rascal
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News & Interviews for Coraline

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

... a gorgeous and imaginative storybook fantasy with nightmare echoes. Think Dr. Seuss by way of Edward Gorey ...

Full Review… | March 17, 2016

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

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

A horror story for kids, taking elements from many classic kids tales, about a girl who finds a secret doorway to another world in her new house where a witch tries to capture her and her parents but the brave girl fights back. Great 3D animation and well produced by the director of James and Giant Peach: this could almost be another Roald Dahl story.

Ross Collins

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

Coraline Quotes

Toy: What's shakn' baby.
– Submitted by Morgen Q (3 years ago)
Coraline Jones: [about other mother] EVIL WITCH, I'M NOT SCARED!
– Submitted by Miles F (3 years ago)
Mel Coraline's Mother/Other Mother: You know... I love you...
Coraline Jones: You have a very funny way of showing it.
– Submitted by Andrew O (3 years ago)
Coraline Jones: You're not my mother!
– Submitted by Bria M (3 years ago)

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