• Released
  • February 6, 2009
  • PG , 1 hr 40 min
  • Animated
    Family
  • 20,130 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A girl (Dakota Fanning) discovers a parallel world where her life is nearly perfect.

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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
What a shrewd achievement for writer-director Henry Selick ("The Nightmare Before Christmas"), to have made a movie that everyone will...
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This thrilling stop-motion animated adventure is a high point in Selick's career of creating handcrafted wonderlands of beauty blended with...
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
This is a marvelous family story, tapping into all sorts of childhood dreams and nightmares involving Mommy, monsters and heroic...
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A macabre mystery for children and a cautionary tale for their folks, Coraline is a yarn - twisty, knotty, taut - about a perennially bored...
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85

NPR

By Bob Mondello
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...
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
"The Corpse Bride" with teeth, Bruno Bettelheim retooled for the multiplex, a nightmare of daft and creative consequence. I really liked it.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
OK, sensitive tykes may be scared shitless. But those who tough it out with this twisted, trippy adventure in impure imagination will only...
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70

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
An extraordinary achievement that nevertheless falls short of its full potential, Coraline is absolutely worth seeing, for older children...
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Coraline is a plucky heroine, and director Selig's imagination is indisputable. But the story falters in parts, and its dark tone could be...
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Coraline is distinguished, if you can call it that, by a creepiness so deep as to seem perverse, and the film finally succumbs to terminal...
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Rated PG | For thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 9+ Cool but creepy animated fantasy too scary for young kids.
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