The Box Synopsis
With the press of a button, a simple wooden box bestows riches and death.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The Box is the work of a visionary flirting with commercialism after having so grandly flouted it with “Southland Tales.’’ He doesn’t give...
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The Box is a mess, but it's a curiously haunting, intriguing, brain-tickling mess, and it delivers that "Donnie Darko" feeling in...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This movie kept me involved and intrigued, and for that I'm grateful. I'm beginning to wonder whether, in some situations, absurdity might...
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Despite its flaws, The Box remains intriguing; however, as its mysteries are solved, the prevailing sense is one of frustration rather than...
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
What a shame that Kelly's pacing doesn't run as fast as his imagination. Instead of sweeping you along, The Box just sits there like...
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's no coincidence that The Box plays like the world's murkiest Twilight Zone episode. It's loosely based on ''Button, Button,'' a short...
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
An artistic fiasco that cuts across genre lines and all logic to become, perhaps, an instant midnight movie.
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38

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The pacing throughout is languid. Your eye becomes fixated on the hideous 70s wallpaper behind them. If only the story's interstellar...
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The characters in The Box are like cardboard cutouts: Some have "foolish victim" labeled on them, and others fall into the category of...
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20

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The Box is its own kind of awful, a disconnected mess that never finds its reason for being.
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A Real Review...

By xoandre
I have read the majority of the reviews posted here on Fandango and yet decided to take the chance and see THE BOX. In this society filled with ADD and ADHD, I can understand how some of the...

Only for hardcore Twliight Zone fans

By RandytheMovieFan
Don't be fooled by the trailers, which makes this movie look like a darker version of "indecent Proposal", that is, creepy but still a fairly conventional morality tale. After seeing the movie I...

The worst movie in 2009

By pcecere
I wanted to kill myself.....

Pointless

By jebond76
This movie was the 2nd lamest movie I think I've ever seen. (What rated #1 as the worst movie I've seen? The Fountain.) I liked the original Twilight Zone episode with this story, but this movie...

The Box

By keatsgirl
Hello out there.This is my first review. Please let me know if this is how it's supposed to go. I saw this movie the first time and thought it was insane. BF decided we should try it again and we...

rip off

By ebutleriv
This is the story line that the "Twilight Zone" did in the 80's....The Twilight Zone was able to reveal all of the plot in 30 minutes. Man, Hollywood is getting hard-up to turn 30 minute skits into 2...

Definitely see this movie

By 4x4trux
So I read all the reviews before going to see the movie....I don't know what people are thinking. This was a great film. It wasn't hard to follow at all, and the two hours went super quickly. I...

Twilight Zone Meets Alfred Hitchcock

By healingmoon
It is very interesting how some movies appeal to some yet the same movie may be loathed or boring to yet another. I found this movie extemely intriguing and better then I anticipated. This classic...

Symbolically Powerful

By SupaKat
Like Kelly's other films, "The Box" is not about what it seems to be about. In order to get the most out of this film, you should be prepared to look beyond what is happening and instead analyze the...

Very bad!

By Angel321
Went to see this film with my hustband We both didnt like it at all. First 20 min were good, but then it's just feels that they didn't know what to do with the rest of the movie time. It was boring,...

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Rated PG-13 | For thematic elements, some violence and disturbing images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+ Creepy thriller too confusing for kids, awful for adults.
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