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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 70
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 90
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 85
    Bob Mondello NPR

    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. show more

  • 100
    TV Guide

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

  • 100
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    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. show more

  • September 17, 2010 justinitalianmb
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    This is a great stop motion animated movie that i could 20 more times and still be entertained.

  • May 19, 2010 wateringshowers
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    no offence to some of you who say this movie is risky for kids but at least the movie movie is not that bad compared to some of the other PG movies like deja vu or precious. those movies are really really rough :l and besides not all PG movies are bad for kids :)

  • September 24, 2009 Rean Rossier
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    This movie is excellent i love the claymation & the acting is great I saw this movie like 3 times & I love it by the way the director's & writter's are amazing GREAT GREAT Job!

  • July 12, 2009 kd00000002368548
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    This movie definitely had a darker side to it that actually scared me for a ************* that dark side that actually made the movie interesting though. Overall, good movie but in lousy 3-D. Keep it original movie producers. I don't like wearing 3-D glasses when watching movies because I already wear glasses myself. Otherwise, good story. Little kids may get little scared from watching this though.

  • May 02, 2009 Dndana626
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    This movie looks funny ,but not my type!!

  • April 20, 2009 MackyScooby
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    the movie looks nice

  • April 13, 2009 Babyally4632
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    good for the whole family. may be a bit scary for lil' kids. 4 STARS!!

  • March 07, 2009 Bobbiejean5775
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    i saw it it was sooo cool

  • March 06, 2009 Damnhomegirl
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    For all of you who want to give it bad reviews because it doesn't seem like a " children " movie. Give me a break... It says PG, and Does it really look like a walk on a sunny day in a park? Focus on how great the movie was, despite your expectations, and don't you think you should MAKE SURE a movie is " appropriate " for your children before you go and see it? Fail. :3 Awesome movie.

  • March 06, 2009 KevForce2
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    From the MPAA ratings system: "PG - Parental Guidance Suggested: Some material MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 10. May have MILD VIOLENCE and/or action, mild language and SEXUAL REFERENCES, brief NUDITY, INTENSE IMAGES, SEXUAL THEMES, crude humor or very mild drug references." I'm somewhat at a loss as to why people are so shocked that this movie was not one you might want small children to see. The rating system is pretty clear, and in this case, I thought the actual rating was very accurate. You may not have liked or appreciated the movie, but moaning about how scary/intense/disturbing/sexual it was vis-a-vis young kids is hard to take seriously. If a movie is rated PG and you don't preview it, or research it, before taking your preschoolers or kindergartners to see it, you have no one to blame but yourself. Both the writer and director are known for works that can be disturbing, visually and contextually. Seriously....

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