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½ April 24, 2017
Good idea for a story made into possibly the worst movie I've ever seen. Terrible from start to finish. What was the Santa all about?!!
½ March 17, 2017
Very boring movie. I liked the ending sequence though.
February 2, 2017
Not a good movie to watch
January 13, 2017
Nothing more frustrating than having all the components to structure a thought-provoking, chilling film -- and then blowing your chance so spectacularly.

Being let down not only by its less-than-middle-tier leads but also plagued by erratic direction, abhorrent editing, chaotic writing, and a myriad of other technical issues, The Box only benefits from two points -- Frank Langella's ever-charming performance, and the potential conversation the age-old party question of this particular "What Would You Do If" game could spark amongst your company.

Sidenote: Southern accent, Cameron Diaz? Really? Please don't.
½ January 8, 2017
WHAT IS THIS ABOUT?!?!?! Horrible
January 6, 2017
Excruciating tedium.
½ November 28, 2016
No, don't bother your not missing a thing.
November 23, 2016
Mimicking the styles of Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock, The Box is a needlessly complex and poorly acted mess with cheap thrills and a lack of understanding of its source material
October 30, 2016
Following 2006's Southland Tales, writer/director Richard Kelly goes closer to his roots, his 2001 directorial debut and cult classic Donnie Darko, with The Box, a fellow mindbending sci-fi drama whose ambition doesn't always pay off in a positive manner, but is undeniably, and perhaps strangely, engaging nonetheless. The film raises a lot of fascinating philosophical concepts, and while they pretty much get lost in the shuffle during the second act, the first and third really asks the questions that make you think. What does it mean to "know" someone? Is material wealth more important than the life of a fellow human? The first and third acts are essentially the beginning and ending of a family drama, and Kelly really nails the emotional struggle of the characters at hand.

The second act is where The Box will really divide viewers. Not unlike Donnie Darko, the film devolves into fantastical sci-fi elements involving a mysterious cult-like group and the involvement of a government subsection tied to the mysterious Steward (Frank Langella). However, whereas Donnie Darko's complicated time travel narrative seemed to flow with the coming-of-age tale it told, the complexities in The Box equally convoluted but feel less necessary to the story. The big twist the film seems to try to set up for is pretty predictable, and can be guessed by the beginning of the second act. And yet, there's something that keeps you drawn in the whole time. Whether it's the symmetrical camerawork or the eerie Arcade Fire score or the narrative itself, something about the film grabs you and doesn't let you be too bothered by its absurdity.

It certainly nails the Twilight Zone vibe (it's adapted from an episode based on a Richard Matheson short story) and, while the narrative shows signs that it probably wasn't meant for a 115 minute movie, it makes for the kind of delightfully unnerving time you expect from that. Perhaps stronger actors leading the pack (Cameron Diaz and James Marsden are fine but nothing special) and a more refined second act could push The Box from intriguing but flawed cerebral sci-fi to something a bit more consistent.
October 14, 2016
Strange, but it looks like money is more enticing than moral salvation.
½ October 11, 2016
Poor acting and forced story.
½ September 21, 2016
Confusionary and difficult to understand (not in a good way), The Box falls in the category of Sci-Fi movies where the features are absurd, badly shooted and hard to be accepted.
A part from this, a very good performance from Cameron Diaz has to be aknowledged.
All in all an almost decent Mistery and Suspance/Sci-Fi movie.
September 20, 2016
Its enticing, thrilling and very interesting. The characters think like the audience which makes the movie even more enticing. Although, it leaves you with a huge puzzle that can't quite explain itself.
½ September 12, 2016
An entertaining and engaging B science fiction film.
½ August 16, 2016
Confusing and too boring to try and get through it.
Super Reviewer
½ July 13, 2016
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.
½ June 22, 2016
Confusionary and difficult to understand (not in a good way), I foud The Box to be very similar to "Donnie Darko": the Sci-Fi features are absurd, badly shooted and hard to be accepted.
A part from this a very good performance from Cameron Diaz has to be aknowledged.
All in all an almost decent M&S/Sci-Fi movie.
April 21, 2016
cool press the freakin' button
March 19, 2016
Had a ok story and ending
March 12, 2016
A hugely interesting expansion on a social experiment that tests moral boundaries. Would you push the button for a million dollars? Someone you do not know, who is in no way related to you dies as a consequence? How desperate can people be for a life-changing sum that said sum becomes the amount that changes someones else's' life too? Or stunts it...
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