The Box Reviews

  • 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

  • Sincere and sinister and inevitably ambitious.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • This film just goes interminably on and on, like some pop video to a prog rock track from hell, padding things out to feature length with all sorts of incredible gibberish and extraneous nonsense.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

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

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • (The Box movie review at Boston Globe)

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Some directors, it must be said, only have one really good movie in them. We're starting to worry that Richard Kelly may be among this select group.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • "The Box" looks like a fairly nifty package of premise and paranoia until Kelly unpacks it, and a lot of both the fun and fear go out of the film as you feel it stumble towards the finish line and realize it's stuffed with recycled goods.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • Kelly, as he did in Donnie Darko, avoids obvious scare techniques. Instead, he makes the bizarre, the surreal, and the frightening emerge from normal reality.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • If you make a preposterous movie that isn't boring, I count that as some kind of a triumph.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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

  • The pic reveals the hazards of taking Twilight Zone material too far and too seriously.

    Jordan Mintzer — Variety

  • After a slightly promising start, this great-looking but ultimately deeply confusing and unscary sci-fi/horror opus turns into a quite boring rehash of M. Night Shyamalan's post-Signs films.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • 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 —

  • Kelly tries to gather so many ideas under this movie's umbrella: He has strong ideas about the necessity of compassion in everyday life. He wonders what awaits us after death. But he can't flesh out all of these ideas properly, or even haphazardly.

    Stephanie Zacharek —

  • What button, on whose box, did Kelly push to get the money to make this awful, preposterous thriller?

    David Germain — Associated Press

  • Instead of sweeping you along, The Box just sits there like something unclaimed at lost and found. Damaged goods.

    Peter Travers — Rolling Stone

  • Have you ever actually tried watching paint dry? A sloth walk? Grass grow? You can have all the thrills with none of the chills courtesy of The Box, the painfully sluggish new sci-fi morality play from Donnie Darko creator Richard Kelly.

    Betsy Sharkey — Los Angeles Times

  • 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

  • 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 —

  • (The Box movie review at Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies)

    Nell Minow — Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

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