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Coraline Reviews

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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.
November 17, 2014
A juvenile nightmare that children can gasp and giggle along with and feel a bit braver for surviving.
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.
November 17, 2014
Coraline is one of those films where I was blown away by the complexity of it from the second it began to the moment it ended.
November 17, 2014
You're on your own when it comes to knowing how tolerant your children are for a good scare. Coraline is that rare movie that can be debated by psychiatrists as avidly as it is by third-graders.
November 17, 2014
Understated, dark and wonderful, it's a classic for those of Coraline's age.
November 22, 2013
Gloriously gothic and deliciously creepy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 22, 2013
Coraline's dangerous predicament, coupled with the eye-popping set design, makes for a sinister and menacing universe that provides excitement and thrills, but may be a little too intense for younger viewers used to more sanitised fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 28, 2011
The sinister undertones could be unsettling for preschoolers, but Coraline is a rare treat for kids old enough to appreciate its exotic rush of wonder, weirdness and wildly imaginative adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 16, 2011
Freudians, you have our permission to knock yourselves out.
March 18, 2011
Coraline looks fantastic and is wonderfully told, but you should probably leave your five and six year olds at home, especially if they get nightmares easily.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
March 1, 2011
Will win over older audience with the story and design, rather than 'adult jokes' hidden within a juvenile narrative.
October 29, 2010
Kids can enjoy this but they're not the primary target.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 27, 2010
It's wildly inventive, thoroughly amusing and fuelled by unhinged imagination. And it's creepy as all hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 30, 2010
With its silky visuals and breathtaking creativity, Coraline is one of the few modern features to prove that Pixar doesn't have a monopoly on animated excellence.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
September 25, 2010
Visually, "Coraline" rests between Terry Gilliam's rudimentary "Monty Python" work and Pixar's prestigious polish. Every background is beautiful in a children's film that's mesmerizing and a bit bothersome at times, just as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 14, 2010
The Nightmare Before Christmas test required. If the kiddies survive that one without developing an intense fear of the boogeyman or Santa Claus, Coraline gets a green light.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 9, 2010
Parents of impressionable littlies should be mindful that the film does descend into a very effective nightmare world in the final reel and some time could be spent shielding eyes from Selick's more confronting creations.
July 6, 2010
Gaiman's great story and Selick's direction make it a fun few hours in the theater. Just don't take anybody under eight.
May 11, 2010
Coraline is equal parts funny and frightening. This isn't a cute story for kids... but one of the most sophisticated, rewarding works of American fantasy cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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