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The Box (2009)

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Critic Consensus: Imaginative but often preposterous, The Box features some thrills but largely feels too piecemeal.

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Norma and Arthur Lewis are a suburban couple with a young child who receive an anonymous gift bearing fatal and irrevocable consequences. A simple wooden box, it promises to deliver its owner $1 million with the press of a button. However, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world--someone they don't know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the crosshairs of a startling moral dilemma and face the true nature of their humanity.

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Cast

Cameron Diaz
as Norma Lewis
James Marsden
as Arthur Lewis
Frank Langella
as Arlington Steward
James Rebhorn
as Norm Cahill
Holmes Osborne
as Dick Burns
Sam Oz Stone
as Walter Lewis
Celia Weston
as Lana Burns
Deborah Rush
as Clymene Steward
Lisa K. Wyatt
as Rhonda Martin
Mark S. Cartier
as Martin Teague
Kevin Robertson
as Wendell Matheson
Michele Durrett
as Rebecca Matheson
Michele Durett
as Rebecca Matheson
Ian Kahn
as Vick Brenner
John Magaro
as Charles
Ryan Woodle
as Jeffrey Carnes
Basil Hoffman
as Don Poates
Robert Harvey
as NASA Executive #1
Gentry Lee
as Chief Engineer
Frank Ridley
as Detective Starrs
Daniel Stewart Sherman
as Police Officer #1
Matthew C. Flynn
as Police Officer #2
Patrick Eugene Canty
as Police Officer #3
Mary Klug
as Female Neighbor
Allyssa Maurice
as Suzanne Weller
Cheryl McMahon
as Female 911 Operator
Evelina Oboza
as Deborah Burns
Bill Buell
as Dr. Earl Stupe
Paul Marini
as Santa Claus
Don Warnock
as Doctor Y
W. Kirk Avery
as Doctor Z
Don Hewitt
as Employee
Rick L'Heureux
as Chase Employee
Nicholas Cairis
as Chase Employee
Robert Denton
as Chase Employee
Paul Locke
as Chase Employee
Danny DeMiller
as Chase Employee
Jenna Lamia
as Voice of Diane Carnes
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All Critics (150) | Top Critics (22)

Kelly treats what is essentially a Stanford University psychology experiment with inflated somberness.

Full Review… | September 24, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

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… | May 6, 2011
Film.com
Top Critic

While it's true that the film's sci-fi antics are far from watertight in the logic department, there's enough eccentricity and ambition at play to charm and bemuse in equal measure.

Full Review… | December 4, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Whatever you do, do not accept delivery of The Box, a package that doesn't know where it is going nor how to get there.

November 12, 2009
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Kelly has talent, but for his next movie, he might try coming down to earth and forgetting about the people who control the lightning.

Full Review… | November 11, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

I think Kelly is a very inventive writer and I think he is his own worst enemy behind the camera.

November 9, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Box

Forget the box, the only real mystery in this huge atrocity is how a talented director like Richard Kelly could have devised it from a story by Richard Matheson, with awful dialogue, terrible acting and a ridiculous plot that doesn't make any sense and doesn't know how to end.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Rubbish

Stuart Brooks
Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

I'm not really sure what this movie was suppose to accomplish, and I don't think the writer did either. It's not entertaining horror, it's not interesting sci-fi, and the suspense is poorly executed. The only thing the film achieves is making a contrived mess. Things start off promising, but it's all downhill from there. Halfway through, the stupidity is just overwhelming. This film ends up lower than dog excrement. Avoid.

Jason Calvin
Jason Calvin

Super Reviewer

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