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.
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 16, 2012
A shallow and easily-forgettable thriller.
February 18, 2012
February 15, 2012
it's just a big, incomprehensible, clich-laden mess.
November 17, 2011
September 24, 2011
Kelly treats what is essentially a Stanford University psychology experiment with inflated somberness.
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.
June 2, 2010
"Somebody get Richard Kelly a Katherine Heigl romantic comedy stat, or else we might have yet another talented filmmaker unable to wiggle free from his own cavernous pretension."
March 19, 2010
Kelly stretches a perfectly good 22-minute television episode out to two hours with an insane barrage of red herrings and metaphysical sci-fi mumbo-jumbo
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.
February 25, 2010
All moral conflicts and creepy allusions are lost in a barrage of ridiculous plot devices, and a story that makes absolutely no sense...
February 13, 2010
...promises more than it delivers, ultimately providing a muddled narrative that does nothing to convince us of its moral positions.
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.
December 11, 2009
The acting is stiff, the special effects look cheap and the dialogue is unintentionally funny.
December 11, 2009
The Box is by no means as indigestible as Southland Tales, and there's as much to relish as there is to groan at.
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