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Coraline Jones is a girl of 11 who is feisty, curious, and adventurous beyond her years. She and her parents have just relocated from Michigan to Oregon. Missing her friends and finding her parents to be distracted by their work, Coraline tries to find some excitement in her new environment. Coraline seriously doubts that her new home can provide anything truly intriguing to her, but it does; she uncovers a secret door in the house. Walking through the door and then venturing through an eerie passageway, she discovers an alternate version of her life and existence.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Coraline never stops taking artistic risks. I hope there's a brave enough audience out there willing to take the plunge."
‑ Tom Charity,
"Employing stop-motion animation that renders human beings with the distinctive characteristics evident in both The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, Selick finds the perfect look to bring Gaiman's vision to life."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"For all its shortcomings, Coraline nevertheless has more imagination, heart and inventiveness in it than most recent animated films."
‑ Jim Vejvoda, IGN Movies
"The movie, though, dares not go below the surface. Could the problem be its use of 3-D? Did the filmmakers think that to offset this additional, illusory visual dimension they had to remove all depth from the story itself?"
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"A cinematically inventive, dramatically involving children's adventure that isn't exclusively aimed at children. There's no talking down, no softening of potentially unsettling moments. It's awesome."
‑ Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto
"All involved in this production deserve praise for turning Coraline into a triumph of storytelling and cinematic technology. Whether you're young, middle-age or older, you'll adore it."
‑ Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News
"A gift to imagination."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"You know from the very first sequence that Coraline is an extraordinary movie that is going to rattle the bejeezus out of young audience members and -- the truth be told -- their fathers as well."
‑ Jay Stone,
"It's the stop-motion figures themselves who steal the show. They're so vivid and expressive, in both body and facial movements, that they cease being mere puppets and take on a life all their own."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"A stunning visual delight, this beautifully-made animated adventure will thrill children of about eight and above."
‑ Roz Laws, Birmingham Post
"This dark edge will be the biggest test of the film as a commercial prospect: it may be too terrifying for the target audience. But for braver kids - and parents - this is a thrilling, even challenging ride."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"Neil Gaiman's hugely popular 2002 children's horror novel Coraline has been given the animated 3-D treatment but you may want to keep the toddlers away from this one."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"It would be difficult for any filmmaker to mimic Gaiman's seductively amusing and imaginative writing, and Selick, who also wrote the script, should be commended for not falling back on some golden-tongued narrator. But his Coraline could use more spunk."
‑ Matt Prigge, Philadelphia Weekly
"The fine details and surreal flourishes Selick lavishes upon Coraline's tentative travels into the unknown are a never-ending delight. Even during the sections of the story that are intended to disturb."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"Coraline offers no broad explanation for its supernatural peculiarities. It doesn't need it. These things exist in the world we know, albeit in more ethereal forms."
‑ John Serba,
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