• Coraline (2009)

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Release Date: February 6th, 2009

DVD Release Date: July 21st, 2009

PG |1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary

While exploring her new home, a girl named Coraline (Dakota Fanning) discovers a secret door, behind which lies an alternate world that closely mirrors her own but, in many ways, is better. She rejoices in her discovery, until Other Mother (Teri Hatcher) and the rest of her parallel family try to keep her there forever. Coraline must use all her resources and bravery to make it back to her own family and life.

Cast: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Keith David, John Hodgman, Robert Bailey Jr., Ian McShane

Director: Henry Selick

Genres: Fantasy, Animated, Children

Production Co: Laika

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: Dark, Friend, Friendship, Creative, Family, Deception, 2000s, Quest, Escape, Rescue

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Kirk HoneycuttThe 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

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan 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

  • 85
    Bob MondelloNPR

    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

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