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A young girl walks through a secret door and discovers a parallel reality that is eerily similar to the life she already knows, yet deeply unsettling in a number of ways, in director Henry Selick's animated adaptation of Neil Gaiman's international best-seller. Eleven-year-old Coraline Jones (voice of Dakota Fanning) is fearlessly courageous, and perhaps far too adventurous for her own good. Coraline and her parents (Teri Hatcher and John Hodgman) have recently relocated to Oregon from Michigan. Bored in her new home since her parents are distracted by work and she has yet to make any… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This dark edge will be the biggest test of the film as a commercial prospect: it may be too terrifying for the target audience. But for braver kids - and parents - this is a thrilling, even challenging ride."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"Neil Gaiman's hugely popular 2002 children's horror novel Coraline has been given the animated 3-D treatment but you may want to keep the toddlers away from this one."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Gloriously gothic and deliciously creepy."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Freudians, you have our permission to knock yourselves out."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Kids can enjoy this but they're not the primary target."
‑ Katina Vangopoulos, Moviedex
"Employing stop-motion animation that renders human beings with the distinctive characteristics evident in both The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, Selick finds the perfect look to bring Gaiman's vision to life."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Well-crafted and effectively creepy."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"Coraline's dangerous predicament, coupled with the eye-popping set design, makes for a sinister and menacing universe that provides excitement and thrills, but may be a little too intense for younger viewers used to more sanitised fare."
‑ Terry Staunton, Radio Times
"Coraline looks fantastic and is wonderfully told, but you should probably leave your five and six year olds at home, especially if they get nightmares easily."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"It's wildly inventive, thoroughly amusing and fuelled by unhinged imagination. And it's creepy as all hell."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"A gift to imagination."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"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 so on."
‑ Bob Mondello,
"The sinister undertones could be unsettling for preschoolers, but Coraline is a rare treat for kids old enough to appreciate its exotic rush of wonder, weirdness and wildly imaginative adventure."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"Will win over older audience with the story and design, rather than 'adult jokes' hidden within a juvenile narrative."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"With its silky visuals and breathtaking creativity, Coraline is one of the few modern features to prove that Pixar doesn't have a monopoly on animated excellence."
‑ Sean Edgar, Paste Magazine
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