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Coraline Reviews

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 6, 2009
The writer-director and his gifted animators impress with stop-motion detail. Yet Coraline is short on delight
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 6, 2009
A a children's entertainment that's much too scary for little kids (ugly insects provide a pervasive visual motif) and too lifeless to enchant older audiences.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
February 6, 2009
After watching it I can only say, if you're curious about this story, read the book, and don't bother with this version.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
March 20, 2009
The movie is a visual treat with every color in the crayon box on display.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
February 11, 2009
Coraline, a stop-motion 3-D fantasia, is Alice in Wonderland without an Alice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
February 7, 2009
Regardless of its esteemed pedigree of writer Neil Gaiman and director/animator Henry Selick ("The Nightmare Before Christmas") this creepy gothic kids' movie doesn't approach anything that the Brother Grimm cooked up on a off day.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 4, 2009
Coraline, the first stop-motion animated film to be conceived and shot in 3-D, is visually dazzling, as you'd expect -- but strangely joyless.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 6, 2009
Coraline is a plucky heroine, and director Selig's imagination is indisputable. But the story falters in parts, and its dark tone could be off-putting for children.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nicholas Barber
Independent on Sunday
May 13, 2009
It's easy to admire the film's psychedelic surrealism and its marvellous design, but it's not a great deal of fun.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 6, 2009
Creative visual effects but little emotional vibrancy in the central story.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Jeremy Heilman
February 7, 2009
[F]or all of its attempted transgressive wonderment and morbid curiosity, Coraline remains firmly grounded in convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 35/100
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 5, 2009
For all its visual delights, Coraline remains more an engaging spectacle than a connective drama.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 17, 2009
...boasts an unapologetically thin storyline that grows increasingly problematic as the movie progresses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James O'Ehley
May 7, 2009
Unfortunately Coraline is one of those movies that one thought one would have liked more . . .
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
February 6, 2009
Too bad the filmmakers didn't utilize more of the closing credit techniques throughout.
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James Christopher
Times [UK]
May 8, 2009
Technically, it's impeccable. But it's madly out of synch with the 12A certificate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 6, 2009
Coraline proves dazzling on the surface, but in the end that's all it is.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 5, 2009
The problem is Gaiman's story, which keeps accumulating otherworldly mythology but doesn't establish a clear line of action in the home stretch.
May 31, 2009
At times it was trying too hard to be WHIMSICAL %u2122 and missing the point that whimsy is best taken unselfconsciously. By all means see it if you can also endure the tedious splendor that is Nightmare Before Christmas. They are both stunning to look
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike Goodridge
Screen International
February 2, 2009
Although it features some of the most exquisite stop motion animation seen to date, even more glorious to watch in 3D, the tone of the film is curiously unsympathetic.
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