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The Box Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
August 28, 2015
As a dark, strange and enjoyably paranoid little sci-fi thriller, I'd say the good points outweigh the bad by a long shot.
Ali Gray
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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Laremy Legel
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
April 4, 2011
Total head-scratch entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Joshua Starnes
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Philip French
Observer (UK)
December 11, 2009
For the first half-hour the movie is engagingly mystifying in a David Lynch vein. Subsequently it modulates into a piece of didactic transcendental science-fiction in the manner of The Day the Earth Stood Still and Close Encounters.
Rubin Safaya
December 6, 2009
...I walked into a Cameron Diaz film expecting to be treated to shlock, and concluded that I had just witnessed the rebirth of the classical sci-fi/thriller.
Mark Dinning
Empire Magazine
December 4, 2009
Movie Marmite. Many will be perplexed. Donnie Darko fans should lap it up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
December 4, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
December 4, 2009
Kelly's obsessions are not entirely like anyone else's, which is a recommendation of sorts, and he shoots more beautifully than ever, which is another. I won't give up on him when his films are still this richly textured and high on their own ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nell Frizzell
Little White Lies
December 4, 2009
Sinister, tense and at times ridiculous, The Box is a warped genre piece - Kelly's homage to 1970s science-fiction, with all the wobbly effects, timid housewives and pseudo-religious imagery that suggests.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob James
Total Film
December 4, 2009
Richard Kelly returns with a tense, unnerving and jumpy thriller. It loses focus towards the end, but Donnie Darko has just entered The Twilight Zone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
December 4, 2009
Kelly maintains a suitably creepy atmosphere throughout and the frequently twisty plot is both intriguing and unpredictable, at least in the first half.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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