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Coraline Any Good?

Published February 4, 2009 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Focus Features
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Since I can't wait to see Coraline in 3D this weekend one should expect that I'll subconsciously continue to post updates on the film over the next few days. A couple a day should suffice. While we have more interviews and media coming, I figured we'd take a break to check out some of the early critical praise.

Early Reviews: Coraline


Some of the first official reviews have surfaced online for Coraline and, to my relief, they are positive. If I can just make one suggestion: Kick off 2009 in style by seeing this film in 3D.

Variety
Eerily inhabiting the netherworld where a young girl’s wildest dreams become her cruelest nightmares, “Coraline” is a dark delight. Although it coarsens some of the details in Neil Gaiman’s popular 2002 children’s horror novel, this eccentric and deliriously inventive fantasy finds stop-motion auteur Henry Selick scaling new heights of ghoulish whimsy, buoyed by a haunting score that works its own macabre magic. Probably too frightening for very small tots, the PG-rated Focus Features toon deserves to be seen in all its bigscreen 3-D glory, but should also achieve family-favorite status on homevid.



Hollywood Reporter
Just when it appeared adult themes, in films such as "Mary and Max" and "$9.99," were going to run away with stop-motion animation, up pops Henry Selick ("The Nightmare Before Christmas"). Not only is his charming "Coraline" a terrific children's story, adapted from a novel by Neil Gaiman, but this is the first stop-motion feature ever made in 3-D. If Focus Features can bring in mainstream audiences with its marketing, "Coraline" could become a solid family hit.


Check out the full reviews for Coraline by clicking the links above.

Coraline opens to theaters on February 6th.

For the trailers, poster and more movie info, go to the Coraline Movie Page.

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