A delightfully dark fairy tale!
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
This thrilling stop-motion animated adventure is a high point in [Henry] Selick's career of creating handcrafted wonderlands of beauty blended with deep, disconcerting creepiness.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Coraline lingers in an atmosphere that is creepy, wonderfully strange and full of feeling.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Some scary fun.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Coraline is a plucky heroine, and director Selig's imagination is indisputable. But the story falters in parts, and its dark tone could be off-putting for children.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
For all its visual delights, Coraline remains more an engaging spectacle than a connective drama.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
If you have a 10-and-up who's drawn to alt-comics, smart books, dark clothing, and general pop culture subversion, the movie will be his or her Wonderland.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
An extraordinary achievement that nevertheless falls short of its full potential, Coraline is absolutely worth seeing, for older children and adults alike.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
A a children's entertainment that's much too scary for little kids (ugly insects provide a pervasive visual motif) and too lifeless to enchant older audiences.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
It is a sumptuous visual feast and a perfectly enchanting story.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Parents may need to give a reassuring squeeze now and then, but Coraline is the best kind of children's entertainment -- smartly told and deeply felt.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
The writer-director and his gifted animators impress with stop-motion detail. Yet Coraline is short on delight
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
[Director] Selick has a great fantasy filmmaker's artistry, but he lacks that overflowing Geppetto-esque love that brings puppets to life. In Coraline, he's woozy with his own lyricism.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
A gift to imagination.
David Denby - New Yorker
I admire the film mostly because it is good to look at.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Would the 8-year-old me have fallen for Coraline? Maybe not. Like my own 8-year-old, at that age I was more into comedy than anything designed to give me the comic willies. But the adult me is a big fan.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
The problem is Gaiman's story, which keeps accumulating otherworldly mythology but doesn't establish a clear line of action in the home stretch.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Is it premature to assign it classic status?
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
A labor of love in every frame.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Spooky, stunning and savvy, Coraline is one of those kids movies that makes you wonder if all the kids are going to walk out of the theater with hair scared white and eyeballs frozen in awe.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Tales of alternate worlds are always fascinating when done right, and Coraline fits that description.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Eerily inhabiting the netherworld where a young girl's wildest dreams become her cruelest nightmares, Coraline is a dark delight.
Justin Chang - Variety
This is perhaps the most effective 3-D movie I have ever seen, with a sophisticated, involving story that will appeal to many adults.
V.A. Musetto - New York Post
For all the polished electrons of the latest works from Pixar, Blue Sky or DreamWorks, Selick and Co. show that stop-motion animation still looks, moves and feels like nothing at all the computer animator's terrabytes can mimic.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
This animated screen rendering of Neil Gaiman's masterful children's horror fantasy is so full of life and texture, it's almost gilding the lily to add the third dimension to it.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Although fairytale, art and cinema references abound, Coraline is thoroughly and excitingly original -- and quite possibly the best 3-D movie ever made.
Jennie Punter - Globe and Mail
Nearly everything in Coraline has been painstakingly handmade.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Like Coraline in the doppelganger world, we swoon over all the neat stuff without ever making ourselves at home.
Dana Stevens - Slate
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
The 3-D effects aren't overdone but are used intelligently to make this world come brilliantly to life.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Coraline, the first stop-motion animated film to be conceived and shot in 3-D, is visually dazzling, as you'd expect -- but strangely joyless.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
[The] chilly visual vocabulary, along with a narrative that too often detours into ingenious irrelevancies, makes Coraline an object to be admired, but not embraced.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
It's not just the 3-D glasses that add an extra dimension to the horror and hilarity of Coraline.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Well-crafted and effectively creepy.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Coraline is a remarkable feat of imagination, a magical tale with a genuinely sinister edge.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
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
Freudians, you have our permission to knock yourselves out.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
Will win over older audience with the story and design, rather than 'adult jokes' hidden within a juvenile narrative.
Mike Edwards - Obsessed With Film
Mike Edwards - What Culture
Kids can enjoy this but they're not the primary target.
Katina Vangopoulos - Cut Print Review
Katina Vangopoulos - Moviedex
It's wildly inventive, thoroughly amusing and fuelled by unhinged imagination. And it's creepy as all hell.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
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
Visually, "Coraline" rests between Terry Gilliam's rudimentary "Monty Python" work and Pixar's prestigious polish. Every background is beautiful in a children's film that's mesmerizing and a bit bothersome at times, just as it should be.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
Parents of impressionable littlies should be mindful that the film does descend into a very effective nightmare world in the final reel and some time could be spent shielding eyes from Selick's more confronting creations.
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
Gaiman's great story and Selick's direction make it a fun few hours in the theater. Just don't take anybody under eight.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
Coraline is equal parts funny and frightening. This isn't a cute story for kids... but one of the most sophisticated, rewarding works of American fantasy cinema.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
An amazing stop-motion achievement.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
While Selick's production is not by any stretch graphic or gory, the use of odd and irregular shapes, proportions, and movement creates a dark symphony of macabre images that horrify the psyche and chill the blood all the same.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
Evokes "Beetlejuice" and "Pan's Labyrinth" but is much more of a children's movie and a damned good one at that.
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
It might be too sophisticated and scary for children, but it at least never insults their intelligence.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
With Coraline, Henry Selick and his team of stop-motion animators have created a real wonder, one that will entertain children for years to come.
Sonny Bunch - Washington Times
Coraline has enough exhilaration and dread to remind viewers of the first time they read about Gretel pushing the Witch into the oven
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
This is one of those films that works best if you can forget about the source material. Selick's film is more like a three-ring circus.
Jake Wilson - The Age (Australia)
A whimsical fantasy created in stop animation and set in alternate universes, Coraline is a visual treat certain to whisk every age into a magical wonderland.
Richard Kuipers - Urban Cinefile
Coraline is a genuinely creepy film that employs 3-D trickery to its best affect. A deliciously entertaining mythological adventure.
Pauline Adamek - FILMINK (Australia)
The visual invention is staggering, ranging from fabulous fantasy to eerie scary
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
A wonderfully inventive film.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
The 3-D animation is just superb in Coraline; the imagination of Neil Gaiman has taken flight with director Henry Selick.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
It takes an extraordinary mind to create a truly original, truly new, truly beautiful fable, Coraline is one such creation.
Giles Hardie - Sydney Morning Herald
A wonderfully weird film, a modern-day Alice in Wonderland that marries technology and good old-fashioned storytelling.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Walks the thin line between scary and downright entertaining...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Coraline is near perfect family entertainment - if your family can handle some pretty ghoulish creatures.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
At times it was trying too hard to be WHIMSICAL %u2122 and missing the point that whimsy is best taken unselfconsciously. By all means see it if you can also endure the tedious splendor that is Nightmare Before Christmas. They are both stunning to look
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
If you're going to make a movie that doesn't quite add up to the sum of its parts, you might as well make sure those parts are beautifully formed.
Richard Edwards - SFX Magazine
The film combines stunning visuals - there are scenes of incredible beauty - with good old-fashioned storytelling that is funny, inventive and at times scary. Destined to be a classic.
Cosmo Landesman - Times [UK]
It's easy to admire the film's psychedelic surrealism and its marvellous design, but it's not a great deal of fun.
Nicholas Barber - Independent on Sunday
The movie is beautifully crafted, but like the same director's other stop-motion feature, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, it will mystify and in some cases terrify younger children.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Here the film goes very dark but kids will lap it up, scares and all.
Mickey McMonagle - Sunday Mail [UK]
Here's my recommendation, don't let this be your kid's first scary movie, especially in the 3D, which is the only way to see this beautiful, hypnotic film.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
It lacks narrative drive, psychological depth and, most of all, warmth. This is a 'family' movie that offers an extremely dark view of human nature without providing much to relieve it.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Admirably, it never condescends, and the subtexts about child abduction and the nature of maternal love identify Coraline as something measurably apart from what traditionally passes for "kids" films these days.
Michael Bonner - Uncut Magazine [UK]
Like the Tin Man of Oz, Coraline is a miracle of engineering - and absolutely heartless.
Ali Catterall - Film4
Coraline is more of an odd curiosity than a must see, lacking the storytelling innovation to match its visual panache.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
A virtuoso piece of storytelling with amazing attention to detail.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
Selick's wonderful stop-motion adaptation of Neil Gaiman's children's novel has a lot to do with distortions, idealisations and celebrations of home.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
Technically, it's impeccable. But it's madly out of synch with the 12A certificate.
James Christopher - Times [UK]
It may be a little too complex and mildly disturbing for wee ones, but its lush gothic style and amazing effects will impress film fans.
Mark Adams - Sunday Mirror [UK]
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
Beautifully animated, superbly designed and impressively directed, this is a delightfully imaginative tale with strong characters and a great script.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
This deliciously creepy fairy- tale-penned by Neil Gaiman and adapted by Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick-might just be the best 3D film ever made. It is, without doubt, the best I've seen.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Rich, ingenious and frighteningly close to home, Selick's new nightmare puts him nearer to Guillermo del Toro and David Lynch than Tim Burton. See it in 3D. Then sleep with the light on.
Jonathan Crocker - Total Film
Based on the Neil Gaiman book, this is another refreshingly dark kids' movie from Selick that never undermines its creepy story to assure undemanding audience members. And it looks utterly fantastic.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
A gorgeously hand-crafted and pleasurably detailed piece of work. It's also genuinely strange, creepy and arresting.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Coraline may end up as a cult classic watched by students rather than their little sisters.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
It's not really suitable for younger children but their elder brothers and sisters will be fiendishly entranced by the best children's movie this year. Naysayers can button it.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Off-beat, weird, original, intense, stunning, jaw-dropping, enthralling and ingenious, this film is a beautiful piece of work that will hold your attention and capture your heart.
Simon Thompson - Heart 106.2
Endlessly inventive and impeccably realised, it's tough to find fault with this freaky, feisty fable.
Neil Smith - Heat Magazine
The vision of Henry Selick adds a darkness to this sometimes sinister fairy tale.
Martin Hoyle - Financial Times
The results are simply astonishing. Selick has created a richly detailed, beautifully realised set of parallel worlds and allows us to become as lost as Coraline herself in and between their exquisite textures.
Anton Bitel - Little White Lies
It's weird and wonderful stuff, with Selick using the 3D sparingly to subtly add depth and texture to this magical, macabre world.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Unfortunately Coraline is one of those movies that one thought one would have liked more . . .
James O'Ehley - iAfrica.com
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
Terrifying and beautiful, believable and fantastical, this is one of the best children's films in years and Selick's finest - better even than The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Helen OHara - Empire Magazine
Inventive visuals and a serious scary streak permeate Coraline, a ripping example of stop-motion animation that's overflowing in wild detail.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
The movie is a visual treat with every color in the crayon box on display.
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
...boasts an unapologetically thin storyline that grows increasingly problematic as the movie progresses.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
The quality of Selick's craft and the dense, haunting nature of Gaiman's morality tale for children collectively make Coraline a resonant visceral experience.
Robert Levin - Critic's Notebook
richly creepy, funny and completely confident
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
The other mother in Coraline is mother-love gone berserk, all-consuming and self-serving.
Renie Scolaro Mora - PopMatters
Ripe with colors and magic and mystery. 3D is very nice. Cools off towards end. Spooky.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Coraline is meant for children. But it's neither infantile nor condescending. It has a moral... without being preachy or sanctimonious, bypasses the cynical formula that makes so many animated features so headache-inducing.
Maitland McDonagh - Miss FlickChick
Coraline is just dazzling to look at, the kind of film where the frame seems to be bursting with things to discover.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
the film starts off in traditional children's fable territory, it does get quite scary towards its end.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
A vibrant, imaginative, and, above all, unapologetically dark children's horror fantasy.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Creepy and cool
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
One fantastic entertainment for viewers of any age.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
An eye-popping animated extravaganza.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
It's one of the best fantasy stories on the screen in some time, and possibly the most kid-friendly horror movie of all time.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
The artistry on display in Coraline cannot be underestimated.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Coraline is a mesmerizing tale with macabre stitching. There's no blood, but Coraline is a haunting horrorfest located in a weird wonderland.
Tony Macklin - Fayetteville Free Weekly
packed to the brim with evil, hunger, and the reasons we used to leap across the dark at the top of the stairs
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
The 3D component in Coraline is mostly in the background, but several big scenes explode with vivid color and utilize the technology in awesome ways.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Because Selick remains true to the novel's spirit, the film rises far above being a mere novelty.
Kent Turner - Film-Forward.com
Borrowing a bit from Hansel And Gretel, this lush and spooky 3-D enhanced animated world both enchants and disturbs. And with giddy comic interludes by way of peculiar grownups, like the obese Venus on half shell, overstocked with big boob chuckles.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
So dynamically careens between set pieces of elation and dread that one hardly has time to soak in all the twirling, tumbling visual marvels enveloping the screen.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
A considerable achievement of visual dread.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
t is as though Gaiman's novel were written with Selick's visual approach in mind, and it's hard to imagine the story being told in anything other than the film's seamless blend of tactile and digital media.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Selick and his crack team of animators have preserved the essential non-reality of stop-motion while infusing each character, even the scenery, with a wealth of emotions
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
The film to beat in the Oscar race for 2009's best animated feature.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Suficientemente fascinante para merecer uma forte e inequivoca recomendacao.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Somewhere between Gaiman's writing and the rendering on the screen this film loses coherence with too little happening that makes sense.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Doesn't pander to the audience by gratuitiously accenting the heeby-jeebies.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
A remarkable work, but it's not without its flaws, nor without its potential perils for younger viewers.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
An interesting comment on parent-child relationships ... there's a certain amount of mystery ... and disappointment to [one's] parents.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Coraline succeeds more so visually than it does in terms of plot and dialogue.
Kevin McCarthy - WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
This beautifully rendered stop-animated movie is so masterfully realized, it already has staked its claim as one of the animated films to beat at next year's Academy Awards.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Coraline, a stop-motion 3-D fantasia, is Alice in Wonderland without an Alice.
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
A charming winner - the 3-D effects have the frozen in place charm of antique stereoscope postcards.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
This is a classic fantasy tale in the great tradition of the brothers Grimm and it is wonderfully visualized.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A comfortably creepy yet modernized Grimm fairy tale in the time-honored tradition of "be careful what you wish for."
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
The Wizard of Oz for the 21st century.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Yes, it comes off as an "Alice in Wonderland" copy but it's still fun viewing for the whole family. The 3-D gimmick never gets old and director Selick uses it with style.
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
[An] elemental tale of childhood fantasies and nightmares... uncomfortabl[y] honesty about the dark side of being a kid...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Head and shoulders above any other family fantasy in recent memory.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
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
Be careful what you wish for, kiddies. Your wish might be granted...and with it, your worst nightmares.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
A mastery of inspiration by writer-director Henry Selick. At the finale of this visual delight, every hired hand and technician also deserve acclaim.
Matthew Sorrento - Film Threat
[F]or all of its attempted transgressive wonderment and morbid curiosity, Coraline remains firmly grounded in convention.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
Regardless of its esteemed pedigree of writer Neil Gaiman and director/animator Henry Selick ("The Nightmare Before Christmas") this creepy gothic kids' movie doesn't approach anything that the Brother Grimm cooked up on a off day.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Coraline is strange and bizarre and undeniably beautiful.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
While the 3-D effect is truly spectacular, it's the story that stokes the imaginations of children.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
Coraline is a hand-crafted masterpiece of American animation.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
Renee Scolaro Rathke - PopMatters
Coraline is equal parts fanciful, menacing, beautiful, and subversive.
Tracie Cooper - TV Guide's Movie Guide
What a beautiful world Henry Selick has created with CORALINE.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
It's a movie of consummate technical sophistication that evokes the half-forgotten terrors of childhood with a spine-tingling precision.
Kurt Loder - MTV
Gorgeously fantastic, in all senses of the word.
Jette Kernion - Cinematical
While this stop-motion-animated fantasy film might be a little much for some really sensitive young viewers, it's visually inventive and captivating.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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 - NPR.org
I suspect you could turn the sound off and still be terrified, amused and delighted.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
At the dawn of a new age of 3-D filmmaking, the stop-motion/3-D hybrid Coraline is going to make you gasp out loud.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
This is the perfect movie to show a kid who's outgrown the Little Mermaid phase of her or his life, right before you sit the child down in front of Eraserhead for the first time.
Dave White - Movies.com
Coraline impresses mightily. It's just not particularly enjoyable.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Selick creates a visual wonderland, with a timeless animation style that will make this a favorite for repeat viewings.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
You should go and see it, if only to remind yourself that entertainment for children can be challenging, and beautiful, and brutal, and hard to watch sometimes.
Coco Forsythe - Future Movies UK
Scary and sinister, aimed at children age eight or over...and be sure to view it in 3-D because that's where the creepy magic is hidden.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
This is a rich, intricate world of microscopic detail, nothing short of complete, immersive enchantment.
Brandon Fibbs - Christianity Today
Selick catches you, along with Coraline, in a spider's web, and his visual splendor transfixes you, even when you feel the strands tightening around your brain.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
Creative visual effects but little emotional vibrancy in the central story.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
With its dark tale of changeling parents and imprisoned souls, Coraline comes closer to the bracing spirit of the traditional European fairy tale than perhaps any other film, animated or otherwise, in recent memory.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
A visual stunner that takes animation to thrilling new heights.
Pete Hammond - Hollywood.com
A fascinating, cautionary tale for those of us who are always thinking the grass is always greener
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A rare animated movie that adults might be tempted to check out with or without kids in tow.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Too bad the filmmakers didn't utilize more of the closing credit techniques throughout.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
[There] are places where [director Henry] Selick and the animators do such a good job that you'll swear it's a four-dimensional movie and not three.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
This is sure to be on permanent loop in homes everywhere, and deservedly so.
Peter Paras - E! Online
Dean Essner - National Post
Just the kind of kids' movie I like... It'll scare the crap out of them as well it should. Something's gotta toughen them up.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
Coraline proves dazzling on the surface, but in the end that's all it is.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
On a technical level alone, Coraline is a stunning achievement and may just be the finest example of stop-motion animation yet put onscreen.
Ethan Alter - Giant Magazine
Offbeat and wildly imaginative.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
The effect is enchanting, and in the best sense of the word, homemade.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
This PG-rated film, though visually splendid and thoroughly engaging, is also too eerie for most kids.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
The story is always front and center, and it never fails to delight, and at times terrify, the audience.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
A foreboding, whimsical, altogether spectacularly mounted fable.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Parental Content Review
Jim Judy - Screen It!
There really needs to be more films with smart, mischievous young girls.
Jennifer Miller - Premiere Magazine
It's a film for grownups that remember their childhood, and it's a film that takes animation in America to an entirely new level. It's "dark" and it's a "masterpiece."
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Cool but creepy animated fantasy too scary for young kids.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Coraline mixes the dark and the light in the perfect amounts; the result is all the sweeter for having dared to tread the bitter path of childhood fears and uncertainties.
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
What a rich, strange vision it is.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
probably the most refreshing thing I've seen in months and easily the first great film of 2009
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Children who like being scared will get a kick out of this wildly creative movie; adults needn't have a child in tow to enjoy it, too.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
There is more imagination and invention on display here than in all the films of January put together.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The incredible stop-motion 3-D animation only magnifies the story. And it's a great story.
Jane Clifford - San Diego Union-Tribune
If 3-D is going to survive in cinemas as more than a carnivalesque gimmick, filmmakers will have to deliver more movies like the macabre and wonderful 'Coraline,' in which... the 'dimensionality' becomes part of the story.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
The imaginative story makes vivid use of 3-D technology, but beware: It's potentially super-scary for small kids.
Thelma Adams - Us Weekly
Elements of this movie are too dark; it feels like Invasion of the Body Snatchers for kids
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
A veritable portfolio of dazzling stop-motion sequences so virtuosic as to lift you not only out of your workaday brain but, sometimes, out of the film itself as well.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
A visually stunning family-oriented fantasy that will simultaneously enchant kids and creep out parents.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Selick effortlessly immerses the audience in a surreal fantasia.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Coraline may prove unsuitably macabre for the youngest viewers. Yet your children and you are unlikely to see a film anytime soon that has more of a handmade feel -- a value unto itself.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Anytime one of these [stop-motion animated films] turns up, and turns up well, we should show gratitude for the treasure.
Jeffrey Chen - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Nothing short of magical.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
It's a gorgeous picture to behold, but fails to absorb smoothly, for the surreal nature of the material often overwhelms basic storytelling requirements. Coraline is an easy film to admire, but not always to watch.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
One of the best, biggest mind-blowing experiences you're likely to have in the theater this year -- and normally I hate dead superlatives like 'mind-blowing,' but it's the only sincere phrase I can think of here.
James Rocchi - Redbox
The most unnerving kids movie in many a full moon, and also one of the best.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Coraline is a spectacle you'll enjoy from start to finish.
Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton - Dread Central
A work of wondrous animation with engaging characters, charming dialogue and more than a few intense moments.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
The 3-D isn't a Super Bowl-commercial-style gimmick, but instead a savory essential element, used with restraint and in artfully deliberate contrast to the grounded tactility of Selick's signature stop-motion animation.
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
Coraline, director Henry Selick's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's novel, is essentially a horror movie for kids, but it is also gentle and funny and whimsical, and even in its darkest moments, Selick never forgets who his target audience is.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
This is fairy tale stuff right out of the Brothers Grimm .... Think Dr. Seuss by way of Edward Gorey.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Easily the best movie of the young year so far and the first worthy contender for Best Animated Film of 2009.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
A consistent splendor to behold.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
keeps the welcome resurgence of mildly-intelligent, strangely-topical animated features rolling.
Chris Cabin - Filmcritic.com
Sure, there's no subtext about saving the planet, but for 2009, Pixar's got to play catch-up.
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
A visual masterpiece combined with a decent story
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
It's easy to take the seamless complexities of stop-motion for granted. But from grand design to the smallest detail, the craftsmanship of Coraline is impeccable.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
For a movie that rarely leaves the house, Coraline takes a number of inspired detours.
Scott Von Doviak - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Scott Von Doviak - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
The animation is just plain jaw-dropping, and the implementation of 3D gives the film an added boost of visual splendor. You feel like you're living it.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Deeply frightening, telling a story that could bore into your kids' nightmares if you're not careful.
Eugene Novikov - AMCtv.com
The creepier it gets, the more mesmerizing the visuals, ravishingly grotesque and dazzlingly inventive.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
...the first 3-D movie that made me forget I was watching 3-D - and that's a good thing.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
A stop-motion-animation classic-to-be...both in concept and execution, Coraline is wildly creative stuff.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
A modern fairy tale with visual wonders to spare... Handcrafted, obviously, means something special with a movie like this.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
In a genre packed with derivative visuals and too hip for homeroom pop culture jibes, Coraline is a welcome return to pure animation splendor.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Mind-blowing, stunningly beautiful and ingenious, I'll risk being struck by lightning and say Coraline far surpasses director Henry Selick's best known work, The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
The first stop-motion animated feature in stereoscopic 3-D is a multi-dimensional show-stopper -- an idiosyncratic adolescent adventure tale as well as its own bright shiny new thing.
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
...a marvel of storytelling and technology melded together into a wonderful whole.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
An animated film that might be too good for children. It arrives in time to expose the atrocious Wall-E.
Armond White - New York Press
The 3-D in Coraline is so low-key that I forgot it was there for much of the film. But maybe that's less a knock on the visuals than it is a compliment to the movie's ability to pull me into its zany world.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
The dark delights of the book show up in scattered spurts, but what should be a gleefully perverse alternative to saccharine young-adult entertainment is reduced to a mere puppet show.
David Fear - Time Out New York
Deliciously macabre...an animated film with a true touch of dark poetry.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
What Coraline has is a plucky and sassy little girl who's a gas to spend time with. After 100 minutes, you'll follow her anywhere.
Mark Keizer - Boxoffice Magazine
A certain leisurely pace in the first act and a bit of routine mopping up in the third are all that stand between it and genuine masterpiece status.
Rob Vaux - Sci-Fi Movie Page
In the same way that movies like Waltz with Bashir and Persepolis open up the possibilities of animated storytelling for adults, Coraline dares aim above the heads of toddlers.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
Selick's work has always been fascinating, but he has never had better material to work with than Coraline (sorry, Roald Dahl and Tim Burton.)
Jurgen Fauth - About.com
Coraline works as long as you don't expect it to stick with you.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Although it features some of the most exquisite stop motion animation seen to date, even more glorious to watch in 3D, the tone of the film is curiously unsympathetic.
Mike Goodridge - Screen International
As fine-looking a 3D stop-motion fantasy that four years of top-flight craftsmanship can produce.
Bill Weber - Slant Magazine