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The Box Reviews

November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 24, 2011
Kelly treats what is essentially a Stanford University psychology experiment with inflated somberness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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
November 12, 2009
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 11, 2009
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 | Original Score: C-
November 9, 2009
I think Kelly is a very inventive writer and I think he is his own worst enemy behind the camera.
November 9, 2009
I think that Richard Kelly, from one film to the next, has gone in some very interesting and sometimes puzzling directions.
November 9, 2009
Kelly, as he did in Donnie Darko, avoids obvious scare techniques. Instead, he makes the bizarre, the surreal, and the frightening emerge from normal reality.
November 6, 2009
After a slightly promising start, this great-looking but ultimately deeply confusing and unscary sci-fi/horror opus turns into a quite boring rehash of M. Night Shyamalan's post-Signs films.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 6, 2009
Sincere and sinister and inevitably ambitious.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 6, 2009
If you make a preposterous movie that isn't boring, I count that as some kind of a triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 6, 2009
Some directors, it must be said, only have one really good movie in them. We're starting to worry that Richard Kelly may be among this select group.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 5, 2009
The critical consensus is still out on Kelly, and The Box will do nothing to settle the ongoing argument regarding his ability to coalesce his wild conceits into digestible narratives.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 5, 2009
Instead of sweeping you along, The Box just sits there like something unclaimed at lost and found. Damaged goods.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 5, 2009
Kelly tries to gather so many ideas under this movie's umbrella: He has strong ideas about the necessity of compassion in everyday life. He wonders what awaits us after death. But he can't flesh out all of these ideas properly, or even haphazardly.
November 5, 2009
Have you ever actually tried watching paint dry? A sloth walk? Grass grow? You can have all the thrills with none of the chills courtesy of The Box, the painfully sluggish new sci-fi morality play from Donnie Darko creator Richard Kelly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 5, 2009
It's not slick, standard sci-fi, sure -- and that's a good thing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 4, 2009
What button, on whose box, did Kelly push to get the money to make this awful, preposterous thriller?
October 28, 2009
The pic reveals the hazards of taking Twilight Zone material too far and too seriously.