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The Box Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
September 16, 2012
A shallow and easily-forgettable thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
March 18, 2010
It is a film that wants to be profound but it ends up feeling more like a lesser episode of The X Files.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Perri Nemiroff
August 14, 2010
Think twice about giving into foolish curiosity and leave The Box's button untouched.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Don Groves
December 31, 2010
Here's one box you don't want to open.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
November 9, 2009
I think Kelly is a very inventive writer and I think he is his own worst enemy behind the camera.
William Goss
December 17, 2009
What is supposed to suggest a state of discomfort and unease feels more disjointed and frustrating than anything, and what's meant to be menacing soon turns laughable.
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
December 4, 2009
A shame, then, that a film that starts with asking such a definite question, to push the button or not, should end so vaguely that it fails to push ours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
December 4, 2009
This cosmic joke isn't as bad as Kelly's previous picture, Southland Tales, but it's still a total mess, even if it is a stylish looking one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
November 5, 2009
Sci-fi lovers should find it risible, and those who devalue the genre will have their biases confirmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Anders Wotzke
October 23, 2009
A logically impaired, hyperbolic mess that darts from one high-concept idea to another as flowingly, and painfully, as someone with a bladder infection.
| Original Score: 2/5
Chris Faraone
Boston Phoenix
November 12, 2009
First-semester social-science students would wince at the overreaching metaphors in Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly's latest Rorschach test.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Paul Chambers
November 13, 2009
A Richard Matheson story is a good place to start, but boy did this screenplay lose direction. By the third act, a good story becomes totally laughable, including nose-bleeding zombies. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Fernando F. Croce
December 8, 2009
The most disturbing thing here is the yellow, oval-patterned 1970s wallpaper
Top Critic
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
November 5, 2009
"The Box" looks like a fairly nifty package of premise and paranoia until Kelly unpacks it, and a lot of both the fun and fear go out of the film as you feel it stumble towards the finish line and realize it's stuffed with recycled goods.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
November 9, 2009
An interesting subtext occurs with this particular "box." More than just rude slang for a woman's genitalia, the title points to the fact that in this story, it's only the ladies who misbehave. Issues, Mr. Kelly?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
December 4, 2009
Think very carefully before you attempt to unlock the mysteries of The Box. There is no going back, you cannot undo your decision, you will never get back those 115 minutes, and by the horrifying end, those same 115 minutes will feel like a life sentence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
November 18, 2009
A box full of boredom.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
October 28, 2009
The movie gives the impression of being pasted together from many different parts rather than presented as a cohesive whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Edward Douglas
November 5, 2009
There's very little meat on the bones of this movie that's little more than an extended 'Twilight Zone' episode at best and a Stephen King TV movie at worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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