Coraline Reviews

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March 4, 2020
A cinematic fable that strikes a nice balance between schlock and the over-serious...
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?
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
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.
May 8, 2009
Technically, it's impeccable. But it's madly out of synch with the 12A certificate.
May 8, 2009
It lacks narrative drive, psychological depth and, most of all, warmth. This is a 'family' movie that offers an extremely dark view of human nature without providing much to relieve it.
May 7, 2009
Unfortunately Coraline is one of those movies that one thought one would have liked more . . .
March 20, 2009
The movie is a visual treat with every color in the crayon box on display.
March 17, 2009
...boasts an unapologetically thin storyline that grows increasingly problematic as the movie progresses.
February 11, 2009
Coraline, a stop-motion 3-D fantasia, is Alice in Wonderland without an Alice.
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.
February 7, 2009
[F]or all of its attempted transgressive wonderment and morbid curiosity, Coraline remains firmly grounded in convention.
February 6, 2009
Coraline proves dazzling on the surface, but in the end that's all it is.
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.
February 6, 2009
Coraline impresses mightily. It's just not particularly enjoyable.
February 6, 2009
The writer-director and his gifted animators impress with stop-motion detail. Yet Coraline is short on delight
February 6, 2009
Creative visual effects but little emotional vibrancy in the central story.
February 6, 2009
Too bad the filmmakers didn't utilize more of the closing credit techniques throughout.
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.
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