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Norma and Arthur Lewis are a suburban couple with a young child who receive an anonymous gift bearing fatal and irrevocable consequences. A simple wooden box, it promises to deliver its owner $1 million with the press of a button. However, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world--someone they don't know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the crosshairs of a startling moral dilemma and face the true nature of their humanity.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

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"Kelly treats what is essentially a Stanford University psychology experiment with inflated somberness."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Whatever you do, do not accept delivery of The Box, a package that doesn't know where it is going nor how to get there."
‑ David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer
"What they end up deciding sets in slothlike motion a convoluted string of ludicrous events that will take writer-director Richard Kelly years to live down."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"it's just a big, incomprehensible, cliché-laden mess."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, SciFi.com
"Here's one box you don't want to open."
‑ Don Groves, sbs.com.au
"Is it an odd film? Certainly. Will it creep you out more than it engages you? Probably. Should we be rewarding folks who are willing to step out of bounds and make us think? Definitely."
‑ Laremy Legel, Film.com
"Kelly has talent, but for his next movie, he might try coming down to earth and forgetting about the people who control the lightning."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Weird for the sake of weird? Definitely. A work of art? Maybe. Genius? Hardly. But be sure of one thing: this is most certainly a box that's worth peeking into."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"Total head-scratch entertainment."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"Think twice about giving into foolish curiosity and leave The Box's button untouched."
‑ Perri Nemiroff, CinemaBlend.com
"While it's true that the film's sci-fi antics are far from watertight in the logic department, there's enough eccentricity and ambition at play to charm and bemuse in equal measure."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"I think Kelly is a very inventive writer and I think he is his own worst enemy behind the camera."
‑ Michael Phillips, At the Movies
"A shallow and easily-forgettable thriller."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Richard Matheson probably wouldn't care for Kelly's adaptation too much because it certainly goes its own way. It's not perfect; it's a little slow and plodding and has a few characters that don't add much to the overall affect. But it's still quite good."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"The consequence of free will is examined in Richard Kelly's mind bending morality tale, The Box."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
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