Coraline (2009)



Critic Consensus: 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.
PG (for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor)
Action & Adventure , Animation , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Dakota Fanning
as Coraline Jones
Dawn French
as Miss Forcible
Ian McShane
as Mr. Bobinsky
Jennifer Saunders
as Miss Spink
Teri Hatcher
as Mother
Robert Bailey Jr.
as Wybie Lovat
John Hodgman
as Father
Aankha Neal
as Sweet Ghost Girl
George Selick
as Ghost Boy
Hannah Kaiser
as Tall Ghost Girl
Harry Selick
as Photo Friend
Marina Budovsky
as Photo Friend
Emerson Hatcher
as Magic Dragonfly
Carolyn Crawford
as Wybie's Grandmother
Yona Prost
as Shakespeare Rascal
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All Critics (257) | Top Critics (46)

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

Full Review… | November 17, 2014
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 17, 2014
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2009
Time Out
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Employing stop-motion animation that renders human beings with the distinctive characteristics evident in both The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, Selick finds the perfect look to bring Gaiman's vision to life.

Full Review… | February 24, 2009
Top Critic

A gift to imagination.

Full Review… | February 23, 2009
New Yorker
Top Critic

Neil Gaiman's hugely popular 2002 children's horror novel Coraline has been given the animated 3-D treatment but you may want to keep the toddlers away from this one.

Full Review… | February 9, 2009
Christian Science Monitor
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Audience Reviews for Coraline

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 Collins
Ross Collins

Super Reviewer


Very much like Neil Gaiman's book of the same name, "Nightmare" director Henry Selick imagines a world that is black, bewildering, and ghoulish. Drawing on our worst fears, and the intensity of childhood wonder, the film follows Coraline, a little girl who moves into a new apartment with her parents, and finds her new world wanting. Faced with a parallel universe and a ghastly villain named "Other Mother" Coraline must put on a brave face and end the monster's reign. Completely filmed in stop-motion animation, the world is even more beautiful and ghastly than it ever could have been in another medium. The characters are just as bodacious as the book, there's the same level of terror as in the original text, and there's a sense that Coraline is the only one who can save the day, even though she is a child. It's adventurous and dark, which more children's films should aspire to be.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Enjoyed it - not sure how my kids would have felt about it if they would have seen it as kids.

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Red Lats

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