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Coraline Reviews

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September 11, 2017
Entertaining, funny and surprisingly suspenseful a times, Coraline is the perfect movie for your little one...and for the child in all of us.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 23, 2017
Having read Neil Gaiman's novella a number of times, I had my own idea of what the little girl who discovers an alternative and terrifying other world in her own home should be like but director Henry Selick's vision knocks spots off my own.
August 17, 2017
Coraline is an interesting film that leaves its audience with two thoughts. Normal life is perfect, even when it isn't, and beware of dreams with fangs.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 17, 2016
... a gorgeous and imaginative storybook fantasy with nightmare echoes. Think Dr. Seuss by way of Edward Gorey ...
November 17, 2014
Coraline never stops taking artistic risks. I hope there's a brave enough audience out there willing to take the plunge.
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-
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
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
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-
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
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+
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
November 17, 2014
This is a wonderful-looking animation with a wafer-thin plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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