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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    What a shame that Kelly's pacing doesn't run as fast as his imagination. Instead of sweeping you along, The Box just sits there like something unclaimed at lost and found. Damaged goods. show more

  • 38
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The characters in The Box are like cardboard cutouts: Some have "foolish victim" labeled on them, and others fall into the category of absurdly creepy villain. show more

  • 20
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The Box is its own kind of awful, a disconnected mess that never finds its reason for being. show more

  • 40
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    An artistic fiasco that cuts across genre lines and all logic to become, perhaps, an instant midnight movie. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This movie kept me involved and intrigued, and for that I'm grateful. I'm beginning to wonder whether, in some situations, absurdity might not be a strength. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The Box is a mess, but it's a curiously haunting, intriguing, brain-tickling mess, and it delivers that "Donnie Darko" feeling in truckloads. Or should that be rocketloads? show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The Box is the work of a visionary flirting with commercialism after having so grandly flouted it with “Southland Tales.’’ He doesn’t give in completely. Several trips to the megaplex might be required for The Box to make complete sense. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Despite its flaws, The Box remains intriguing; however, as its mysteries are solved, the prevailing sense is one of frustration rather than satisfaction. That makes The Box worthy of the dubious label of "an interesting failure." show more

  • 38
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The pacing throughout is languid. Your eye becomes fixated on the hideous 70s wallpaper behind them. If only the story's interstellar narrative developments had the intensity of that wallpaper. Rod Serling might've gotten a great hour out of it (the story, that is, not the wallpaper). It simply is not two hours' worth, no matter how many quantum leaps into the unknown Kelly takes. show more

  • 25
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    After a slightly promising start, this great-looking but ultimately deeply confusing and unscary sci-fi/horror opus turns into a quite boring rehash of M. Night Shyamalan's post-"Signs" films. show more

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