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Coraline Reviews

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-
May 8, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/6
February 25, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
February 23, 2009
A gift to imagination.
February 9, 2009
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 | Original Score: B-
February 7, 2009
Well-crafted and effectively creepy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 6, 2009
Selick puts his real faith not in the gimmickry that Coraline's audiences will think they've shown up for, but in the stronger virtues that they'd likely view as old-fashioned: character, and story, and so on.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
February 6, 2009
[The] chilly visual vocabulary, along with a narrative that too often detours into ingenious irrelevancies, makes Coraline an object to be admired, but not embraced.
February 6, 2009
Like Coraline in the doppelgänger world, we swoon over all the neat stuff without ever making ourselves at home.
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.
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
February 6, 2009
This animated screen rendering of Neil Gaiman's masterful children's horror fantasy is so full of life and texture, it's almost gilding the lily to add the third dimension to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 6, 2009
What a rich, strange vision it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 6, 2009
Nearly everything in Coraline has been painstakingly handmade.
February 6, 2009
This is perhaps the most effective 3-D movie I have ever seen, with a sophisticated, involving story that will appeal to many adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 6, 2009
An extraordinary achievement that nevertheless falls short of its full potential, Coraline is absolutely worth seeing, for older children and adults alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 6, 2009
A labor of love in every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 6, 2009
Coraline is a remarkable feat of imagination, a magical tale with a genuinely sinister edge.
February 6, 2009
It is a sumptuous visual feast and a perfectly enchanting story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 6, 2009
Although fairytale, art and cinema references abound, Coraline is thoroughly and excitingly original -- and quite possibly the best 3-D movie ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 6, 2009
Spooky, stunning and savvy, Coraline is one of those kids movies that makes you wonder if all the kids are going to walk out of the theater with hair scared white and eyeballs frozen in awe.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 6, 2009
The writer-director and his gifted animators impress with stop-motion detail. Yet Coraline is short on delight
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 6, 2009
Parents may need to give a reassuring squeeze now and then, but Coraline is the best kind of children's entertainment -- smartly told and deeply felt.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 6, 2009
It's not just the 3-D glasses that add an extra dimension to the horror and hilarity of Coraline.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 6, 2009
Coraline lingers in an atmosphere that is creepy, wonderfully strange and full of feeling.
February 5, 2009
Is it premature to assign it classic status?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 5, 2009
Children who like being scared will get a kick out of this wildly creative movie; adults needn't have a child in tow to enjoy it, too.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 5, 2009
For all its visual delights, Coraline remains more an engaging spectacle than a connective drama.
February 5, 2009
Nothing short of magical.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 5, 2009
If you have a 10-and-up who's drawn to alt-comics, smart books, dark clothing, and general pop culture subversion, the movie will be his or her Wonderland.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 5, 2009
Would the 8-year-old me have fallen for Coraline? Maybe not. Like my own 8-year-old, at that age I was more into comedy than anything designed to give me the comic willies. But the adult me is a big fan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 5, 2009
Sure, there's no subtext about saving the planet, but for 2009, Pixar's got to play catch-up.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 5, 2009
For a movie that rarely leaves the house, Coraline takes a number of inspired detours.
February 5, 2009
A work of wondrous animation with engaging characters, charming dialogue and more than a few intense moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 5, 2009
Coraline, director Henry Selick's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel, is essentially a horror movie for kids, but it is also gentle and funny and whimsical, and even in its darkest moments, Selick never forgets who his target audience is.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
February 5, 2009
I admire the film mostly because it is good to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 5, 2009
A consistent splendor to behold.
February 4, 2009
For all the polished electrons of the latest works from Pixar, Blue Sky or DreamWorks, Selick and Co. show that stop-motion animation still looks, moves and feels like nothing at all the computer animator's terrabytes can mimic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
February 4, 2009
Tales of alternate worlds are always fascinating when done right, and Coraline fits that description.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 4, 2009
This thrilling stop-motion animated adventure is a high point in [Henry] Selick's career of creating handcrafted wonderlands of beauty blended with deep, disconcerting creepiness.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 2, 2009
The 3-D effects aren't overdone but are used intelligently to make this world come brilliantly to life.
February 2, 2009
Eerily inhabiting the netherworld where a young girl's wildest dreams become her cruelest nightmares, Coraline is a dark delight.
February 2, 2009
[Director] Selick has a great fantasy filmmaker's artistry, but he lacks that overflowing Geppetto-esque love that brings puppets to life. In Coraline, he's woozy with his own lyricism.