The Box Reviews

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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.
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.
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
Sinister, tense and at times ridiculous, The Box is a warped genre piece - Kelly's homage to 1970s science-fiction, with all the wobbly effects, timid housewives and pseudo-religious imagery that suggests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 6, 2009
Sincere and sinister and inevitably ambitious.
November 6, 2009
If you make a preposterous movie that isn't boring, I count that as some kind of a triumph.
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.
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.
November 5, 2009
Instead of sweeping you along, The Box just sits there like something unclaimed at lost and found. Damaged goods.
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