The Box Reviews
11.06.09 by REELZ
So far director Richard Kelly's The Box is one of the more polarizing movies of the year. Like it or not, one thing we can all agree on from seeing the trailer: Cameron Diaz totally cannot do a Southern accent.
"Yes,The Box is crazy and convoluted, moody and melodramatic. But above all it is, in narrative and form, a mystery."
— Chris Cabin, filmcritic.com
"...The Box triumphantly qualifies for one of my favorite adjectives, 'preposterous.' But if you make a preposterous movie that isn't boring, I count that as some kind of a triumph."
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The Box is alternately fluid and inspired, and rarely dull (though it is a little, on occasion). But too often it also feels strained..."
— Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"This preposterous Cameron Diaz thriller offers a promising premise: a mysterious box bestows riches in exchange for killing a stranger. But then it dumps in existentialism, government conspiracies, aliens, nosebleeds, deformities—and dresses it all in ugly '70s polyester fashions and geo-print wallpaper. Blecch."
— Matt Stevens, E! Online
"An artistic fiasco that cuts across genre lines and all logic to become, perhaps, an instant midnight movie."
— Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter