The Box
The Box (2009)

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,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 6, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Imaginative but often preposterous, The Box features some thrills but largely feels too piecemeal.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Kelly treats what is essentially a Stanford University psychology experiment with inflated somberness.

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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

Scott Weinberg

As a dark, strange and enjoyably paranoid little sci-fi thriller, I'd say the good points outweigh the bad by a long shot.

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Laremy Legel

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.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Kelly has talent, but for his next movie, he might try coming down to earth and forgetting about the people who control the lightning.

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

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.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

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.

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Michael Phillips
At the Movies

I think Kelly is a very inventive writer and I think he is his own worst enemy behind the camera.

Ali Gray

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 23% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Forget the box, the only real mystery in this huge atrocity is how a talented director like Richard Kelly could have devised it from a story by Richard… More
EightThirty .
27/07/2011 (DVD) <b>Bewildered at first!</b> The bewildered weirdness kicks but and for was very puzzling. Sometimes I felt like "what the… More
Stuart Brooks
Eric Alvarez
Weak. It started off okay, but drastically fell off from there.
Jason Calvin
I'm not really sure what this movie was suppose to accomplish, and I don't think the writer did either. It's not entertaining horror, it's… More
Jim Careter
It surprises me how such great premises become such failures. The Box had a great opening, but it soon became very boring and stupid, but still a good opening.… More