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anime & animation, sci-fi & fantasy

From the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas comes a visually stunning stop-motion animated feature about Coraline Jones who finds a secret world that's just like her ownbut better!

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common sense

ON for kids age 9
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
3 out of 5

Cool but creepy animated fantasy too scary for young kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie will scare young kids. Slightly less creepy than the book on which it was based, the movie is still quite dark, and the "other" world that Coraline discovers turns into a frightening, dangerous place where she could very well die (and other ghost children already have). Your young kids may be interested in seeing the movie thanks to the massive marketing campaign, but this isn't an age-appropriate pick for them. This movie deals with mature themes -- being careful what you wish for, thinking the grass is always greener, and being disappointed in your parents -- that are best suited for tweens and up. Language is mostly insults (like "jerkwad" and "idiot"), and sexuality is limited to two scantily dressed elderly actresses in one memorable scene.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the story's theme of wishing for a different, "better" life. Kids: Do you ever feel like Coraline? What about her parents made her initially prefer the Other Mother and Father?
  • How do both Coraline and her parents change over the course of themovie?
  • Do you think this movie is meant for little kids, or isit too scary?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It is a sumptuous visual feast and a perfectly enchanting story.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, February 6, 2009

Fresh: 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,, Friday, February 6, 2009

Rotten: 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, Friday, February 6, 2009

Audience Reviews

4 stars

When they put Neil Gaiman on screen we get magic. Again an amazing adaption of an amazing tale. Me and my daughter enjoyed every second of this one.

- jmanard52, Tuesday, July 21, 2009

5 stars

Wow! I was completely blown away by this movie. I will divulge a well-kept secret in film culture: Tim Burton is not the reason A Nightmare Before Christmas kicked so much ass (just look at Corpse Bride). Neil Gaiman's story is wonderfully inticing and rich, and I didn't think Henry Selick's aethetic would necessarily lend itself to it, but it does really well. They tend to accentuate each other, I think. I can't say a bad word about this movie. It looks beautiful, the characters are great, the story is wonderful and the villain is insidiously terrifying. I especially love Coraline's neighbours, the two elderly woman who were formerly performers in some sort of series Shakespeare-themed burlesque acts, or the massive Russian dude on the top floor and his insightful mice. I also love how everyone staunchly refuses to pronounce Coraline's name properly.

- MidnightMadwoman, Wednesday, July 28, 2010

4 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Friday, July 23, 2010