What if someone gave you a box containing a button that, if pushed, would bring you a million dollarsbut simultaneously take the life of someone you don't know?
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Creepy thriller too confusing for kids, awful for adults.
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Fresh: I think that Richard Kelly, from one film to the next, has gone in some very interesting and sometimes puzzling directions.
- A.O. Scott, At the Movies, Monday, November 9, 2009
Rotten: Kelly treats what is essentially a Stanford University psychology experiment with inflated somberness.
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Saturday, September 24, 2011
Rotten: 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, Thursday, November 5, 2009
I'm not really sure what this movie was suppose to accomplish, and I don't think the writer did either. It's not entertaining horror, it's not interesting sci-fi, and the suspense is poorly executed. The only thing the film achieves is making a contrived mess. Things start off promising, but it's all downhill from there. Halfway through, the stupidity is just overwhelming. This film ends up lower than dog excrement. Avoid.
- fb100000040220993, Friday, June 1, 2012
27/07/2011 (DVD) Bewildered at first! The bewildered weirdness kicks but and for was very puzzling. Sometimes I felt like "what the heck is going on?" And then I would settle down to see the strange results produced from the unexplainable theories that in the end all made sense! Very "Twilight Zone"-ish and according to what I know, the original story "Button, Button!" was written by "Richard Matherson" who wrote "I Am Legend" and several "Twilight Zone" episodes which explains the psychological wrenching. A well done film adaptation for a short-story! Thinking that this team was able to produce a full length movie out of a short-story article from a "Playboy" magazine from 1970... Impressive.
- EightThirty, Monday, April 30, 2012