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Coraline Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
March 17, 2016
... a gorgeous and imaginative storybook fantasy with nightmare echoes. Think Dr. Seuss by way of Edward Gorey ...
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Tom Charity
November 17, 2014
Coraline never stops taking artistic risks. I hope there's a brave enough audience out there willing to take the plunge.
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
November 17, 2014
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 | Original Score: A-
Jim Vejvoda
IGN Movies
November 17, 2014
For all its shortcomings, Coraline nevertheless has more imagination, heart and inventiveness in it than most recent animated films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jay Stone
November 17, 2014
You know from the very first sequence that Coraline is an extraordinary movie that is going to rattle the bejeezus out of young audience members and -- the truth be told -- their fathers as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matt Prigge
Philadelphia Weekly
November 17, 2014
It would be difficult for any filmmaker to mimic Gaiman's seductively amusing and imaginative writing, and Selick, who also wrote the script, should be commended for not falling back on some golden-tongued narrator. But his Coraline could use more spunk.
Read More | Original Score: B-
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
November 17, 2014
The movie, though, dares not go below the surface. Could the problem be its use of 3-D? Did the filmmakers think that to offset this additional, illusory visual dimension they had to remove all depth from the story itself?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
November 17, 2014
It's the stop-motion figures themselves who steal the show. They're so vivid and expressive, in both body and facial movements, that they cease being mere puppets and take on a life all their own.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
November 17, 2014
The fine details and surreal flourishes Selick lavishes upon Coraline's tentative travels into the unknown are a never-ending delight. Even during the sections of the story that are intended to disturb.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
November 17, 2014
A cinematically inventive, dramatically involving children's adventure that isn't exclusively aimed at children. There's no talking down, no softening of potentially unsettling moments. It's awesome.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
November 17, 2014
A stunning visual delight, this beautifully-made animated adventure will thrill children of about eight and above.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Serba
November 17, 2014
Coraline offers no broad explanation for its supernatural peculiarities. It doesn't need it. These things exist in the world we know, albeit in more ethereal forms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
November 17, 2014
A film so delightfully creative, vibrant and yes, a little dark that it once again proves that Mr. Selick is a rare creature in the world of filmmaking, that rare kind of filmmaker whose creativity and vision knows no bounds.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
November 17, 2014
Coraline proves Selick to be a champion storyteller with stop-motion animation. He resurrects the dark sinisterness of Nightmare and cannily merges it with a touch of Alice in Wonderland and Arachnophobia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Leonie Hayden
November 17, 2014
This animated fairytale is visually dazzling, fun and weaves an atmosphere somewhere between magical and creepy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
November 17, 2014
Here's a splendid cautionary tale for any child who has ever, mid-tantrum, wailed, "I'll just go find my real parents!"
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
November 17, 2014
This is a wonderful-looking animation with a wafer-thin plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Richard von Busack
November 17, 2014
As in the Grimm Brothers stories, there's something very pagan in Coraline, something that doesn't jibe with our feelings that good always defeats evil. Rather it insists that cleverness and a little treachery is always needed to save our skins.
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
November 17, 2014
A juvenile nightmare that children can gasp and giggle along with and feel a bit braver for surviving.
Beth Wilson
November 17, 2014
Whilst the denouement is a little rushed, not meeting the exceptional standards established in the first two thirds of the film, the deconstruction of the other world is fascinating as it unravels in front of your eyes.
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