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Coraline

8/10
Fantasy . Family . Animation
 

When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, with caring parents and all her dreams coming true. When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay in her world forever, the girl refuses and finds that the alternate reality where she is trapped is only a trick to lure her.

 
Actors: Robert Bailey Jr. , John Hodgman , Keith David , Dawn French , Jennifer Saunders , Teri Hatcher , Dakota Fanning , Ian McShane
Directors: Henry Selick
Country: USA
Release: 2009-02-06
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  • Mick LaSalle

    What a shrewd achievement for writer-director Henry Selick ("The Nightmare Before Christmas"), to have made a movie that everyone will acclaim as beautiful, when perhaps the most beautiful thing about it is the sheer ugliness of it all.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Tracie Cooper

    Thankfully, Coraline is appropriately dark, and like its inspiration, is only a children's movie by the thinnest of margins.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Selick's fantastical adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel will be too dazzlingly rich for many; it'll be like "caviare to the general," as Hamlet said of a complex play enacted for a public with lazy minds.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Helen O'Hara

    Terrifying and beautiful, believable and fantastical, this is one of the best children's films in years and Selick's finest -- better even than "The Nightmare Before Christmas."

    Empire Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This thrilling stop-motion animated adventure is a high point in Selick's career of creating handcrafted wonderlands of beauty blended with deep, disconcerting creepiness.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    A classic fairy tale with a contemporary sensibility and a spooky horror under the candy-house fantasy.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    A remarkable feat of imagination, a magical tale with a genuinely sinister edge.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    The results are nothing short of magical.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    This is a marvelous family story, tapping into all sorts of childhood dreams and nightmares involving Mommy, monsters and heroic youngsters. Selick's imaginative sets and puppets are in perfect pitch with Gaiman's fantasy.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Coraline lingers in an atmosphere that is creepy, wonderfully strange and full of feeling.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    It pulls audiences into a meticulously detailed universe, familiar in many respects, wacked and menacing in many others.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    This is perhaps the most effective 3-D movie I have ever seen, with a sophisticated, involving story that will appeal to many adults. The only reservation I have is with the PG rating, which seems too lenient for a story that may give very young children - particularly if they are sensitive - nightmares.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    A macabre mystery for children and a cautionary tale for their folks, Coraline is a yarn - twisty, knotty, taut - about a perennially bored girl whose parents are too preoccupied with work to pay her much mind.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Jenni Miller

    The story is creepy fun and 100-percent different than whatever other crap is flooding the February market.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    The combination of 3-D photography and puppet-animation - centered on actual figures designed by hand and manipulated frame by frame - creates a world that's dense, active and fluid: a sensory Jacuzzi.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    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 handmade figures, handmade milkshakes, handmade blades of grass, each one moving utterly persuasively as he and his animators tweak it, frame by frame.

    NPR Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    For its sheer visual gusto alone, Coraline is a wonder.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Matthew Sorrento

    At the finale of this visual delight, every hired hand and technician also deserve acclaim.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Coraline is essentially faithful to the spirit of its source material. But it's also so visually inventive, and so elaborately tactile, that it stands apart as its own creation.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Coraline Jones isn't the pluckiest or most ingratiating sprite ever to take center stage in a children's film, and her (mis)adventures aren't especially novel, but Coraline is still a consistent splendor to behold.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    This eccentric and deliriously inventive fantasy finds stop-motion auteur Henry Selick scaling new heights of ghoulish whimsy, buoyed by a haunting score that works its own macabre magic.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Denby

    Coraline is a beautifully designed, rather scary answered-prayer story.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Stays remarkably true to a kid's-eye perspective and dormant fears.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    OK, sensitive tykes may be scared shitless. But those who tough it out with this twisted, trippy adventure in impure imagination will only be the better for it.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    This is a gloomy film with weird characters doing nasty things. I've heard of eating chocolate-covered insects, but not when they're alive.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    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. Still, some young children might have a nightmare or two after seeing it.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    "The Corpse Bride" with teeth, Bruno Bettelheim retooled for the multiplex, a nightmare of daft and creative consequence. I really liked it.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The film has been crafted with a consideration that the best family movies appeal not only to a young target audience but to the parents who accompany their offspring to theaters.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Jennie Punter

    Presented the usual way, the film would be enchanting. In 3-D, however, Coraline is completely engrossing. Selick uses the technique brilliantly to enhance the comedy and horror that mingle in his more "family-friendly" version of Gaiman's dark story.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    An extraordinary achievement that nevertheless falls short of its full potential, Coraline is absolutely worth seeing, for older children and adults alike. But the connection will be entirely through your eyes; if you want it to touch your heart, you'll have to go to the book on which it's based.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Moment by moment, the film is a font of pleasures, yet there's something about it that keeps the audience at an aesthetic remove. Like Coraline in the doppelgänger world, we swoon over all the neat stuff without ever making ourselves at home.

    Slate Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    This is the animated film as art film. Coraline doesn't try to ingratiate; it just looms, like a cemetery gate, daring curious souls to tiptoe in and fend for themselves.

    Time Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    It's the first stop-motion feature filmed entirely in stereoscopic 3-D, and the technique makes Selick's artwork even more wondrously creepy. The problem is Gaiman's story, which keeps accumulating otherworldly mythology but doesn't establish a clear line of action in the home stretch.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Director Henry Selick is all too effective at conjuring grody ghastliness. He's less effective at giving that ghastliness a human dimension, a resonance, a reason for being beyond cheap thrills.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    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.

    USA Today Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    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.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    For all its visual delights, however, Coraline remains more an engaging spectacle than a connective drama. That is chiefly because of the writing. Director-writer Henry Selick doesn't reach for the kind of universality that would enrich the movie.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Coraline is distinguished, if you can call it that, by a creepiness so deep as to seem perverse, and the film finally succumbs to terminal deficits in dramatic energy, narrative coherence and plain old heart.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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  • 4. Dreaming Performer: Bruno Coulais, The Children's Choir of Nice, and Teri Hatcher Stream Music Online
  • 5. Exploration Performer: Bruno Coulais, Mathilde Pellegrini, Hélène Breschand, Hungrarian Symphony Orchestra Budapest & Laurent Petitgirard Stream Music Online
  • 7. Mechanical Lullaby Performer: Bruno Coulais, The Children's Choir Of Nice, Teri Hatcher, Bernard Paganotti, Hungrarian Symphony Orchestra Budapest & Laurent Petitgirad Stream Music Online
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  • 9. Coraline Dispair Performer: Bruno Coulais, The Children's Choir Of Nice, Choir Of The Hungarian National Radio, Hungrarian Symphony Orchestra Budapest & Laurent Petitgirad Stream Music Online
  • 10. It Was Fantastic Performer: Bruno Coulais, Hungrarian Symphony Orchestra Budapest & Laurent Petitgirard Stream Music Online
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  • 14. Fantastic Garden Performer: Bruno Coulais, Choir Of The Hungarian National Radio, Bernard Paganotti, Hungrarian Symphony Orchestra Budapest & Laurent Petitgirad Stream Music Online
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  • 27. You Know I Love You Performer: Bruno Coulais, Choir Of The Hungarian National Radio, Christophe Grindel, Hungrarian Symphony Orchestra Budapest & Laurent Petitgirad Stream Music Online
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