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With its vivid stop-motion animation combined with Neil Gaiman's imaginative story, Coraline is a film that's both visually stunning and wondrously entertaining.



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Coraline Jones is a girl of 11 who is feisty, curious, and adventurous beyond her years. She and her parents have just relocated from Michigan to Oregon. Missing her friends and finding her parents to be distracted by their work, Coraline tries to find some excitement in her new environment. Coraline seriously doubts that her new home can provide anything truly intriguing to her, but it does; she uncovers a secret door in the house. Walking through the door and then venturing through an eerie passageway, she discovers an alternate version of her life and existence.

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Critic Reviews for Coraline

All Critics (262) | Top Critics (52)

  • Coraline never stops taking artistic risks. I hope there's a brave enough audience out there willing to take the plunge.

    Nov 17, 2014 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity
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  • All involved in this production deserve praise for turning Coraline into a triumph of storytelling and cinematic technology. Whether you're young, middle-age or older, you'll adore it.

    Nov 17, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Understated, dark and wonderful, it's a classic for those of Coraline's age.

    Nov 17, 2014 | Full Review…
  • This is one of those films that works best if you can forget about the source material. Selick's film is more like a three-ring circus.

    Aug 5, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It takes an extraordinary mind to create a truly original, truly new, truly beautiful fable, Coraline is one such creation.

    Jul 29, 2009 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • This dark edge will be the biggest test of the film as a commercial prospect: it may be too terrifying for the target audience. But for braver kids - and parents - this is a thrilling, even challenging ride.

    May 8, 2009 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Coraline

  • Aug 30, 2015
    A horror story for kids, taking elements from many classic kids tales, about a girl who finds a secret doorway to another world in her new house where a witch tries to capture her and her parents but the brave girl fights back. Great 3D animation and well produced by the director of James and Giant Peach: this could almost be another Roald Dahl story.
    Ross C Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2014
    Coraline is a nice idea & keeps you watching for that alone. The animation though is superb & intricate.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2013
    Enjoyed it - not sure how my kids would have felt about it if they would have seen it as kids.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2013
    Interesting story and fabulous animation. Not your usual animated feature -- a bit darker than I expected.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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