The Box Reviews

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December 8, 2009
The most disturbing thing here is the yellow, oval-patterned 1970s wallpaper
December 8, 2009
A potentially clever idea becomes a pretentious trip into the director's own obsessions.
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.
December 4, 2009
The clueless and overreaching ambition which has started to characterise [Richard Kelly's] cinematic failures comes into play again.
December 4, 2009
This film just goes interminably on and on, like some pop video to a prog rock track from hell, padding things out to feature length with all sorts of incredible gibberish and extraneous nonsense.
December 4, 2009
A certain faecal word certainly sums up the artistic merits of The Box, a tedious and often excruciating production from Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly.
December 4, 2009
So shudder to think what [Matheson would] make of this dogs' dinner of an adaptation by Richard Kelly, a shambles rivalled only by the writer-director's own Southland Tales.
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.
December 4, 2009
People start wandering about in a zomboid fashion but no one notices. The acting deteriorates into overwrought melodramatics. The plot gets sillier and sillier, and makes less and less sense. The Box should be taken away in one, and speedily buried.
December 4, 2009
Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko made him famous, but to judge by this unhappy mess he's having trouble confirming his talent.
December 4, 2009
The Box is based on a 10-page short story and, while it was successfully adapted for a one-hour episode of The Twilight Zone, there's not enough for a feature, let alone one lasting two-hours.
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.
December 4, 2009
A lot of stuff about Nasa, Mars exploration and amateur theatre - Sartre's Huis Clos and its glowing chestnut adages ("Hell is other people") - add to the film's richness or, depending on opinion, its overcooked confusion.
December 4, 2009
The single question I wanted to ask was: how many more times will a studio allow Richard Kelly to commit career suicide?
December 4, 2009
The 1976 setting is nicely evoked in some hideously familiar wallpaper, fashion choices and facial hair but the film never feels more than a convoluted shaggy dog story stretched out over a very long two hours.
December 2, 2009
This box needed a STOP button.
December 1, 2009
An allegorical hash that fails as often as it succeeds in articulating its one core, coherent point: we are as moral as our options.
November 30, 2009
The only way to get your money's worth out of The Box is to walk away from the ticket counter without paying.
November 18, 2009
Outlandish embellishments serve as annoying distractions to a perfectly good premise in this disappointing thriller.
November 18, 2009
A box full of boredom.
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