The Box Reviews

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May 7, 2019
At one point, Langella's box gets described as "a device of unknown purpose," but that could easily describe this overstuffed and inert torrent of vaguely sciencey gobbledygook.
March 9, 2019
In short; it's kind of a mess. And as a whole, The Box doesn't add up to anything remotely entertaining.
May 24, 2018
Kelly is at his best when he's making mind-melting science fiction with allegorical underpinnings, but unfortunately The Box is more like a morality play with a few science fiction characters hanging around in the background.
November 27, 2017
Just as we begin to twig what's going on, the plot wriggles out of Kelly's grip altogether and veers off into the overstretched delirium of all ambitious but immature directors.
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.
February 15, 2013
What they end up deciding sets in slothlike motion a convoluted string of ludicrous events that will take writer-director Richard Kelly years to live down.
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.
September 16, 2012
A shallow and easily-forgettable thriller.
February 18, 2012
February 15, 2012
it's just a big, incomprehensible, clich-laden mess.
November 24, 2011
November 17, 2011
September 24, 2011
Kelly treats what is essentially a Stanford University psychology experiment with inflated somberness.
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.
April 4, 2011
Total head-scratch entertainment.
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.
December 31, 2010
Here's one box you don't want to open.
August 14, 2010
Think twice about giving into foolish curiosity and leave The Box's button untouched.
August 7, 2010
The consequence of free will is examined in Richard Kelly's mind bending morality tale, The Box.
July 4, 2010
I'd like to think there is a director's cut coming at some point to fill in the gaping holes.
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