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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Coraline (**1/2)


Held against the standard of Henry Selick's The Nightmare Before Christmas and Neil Gaiman's MirrorMask, Coraline doesn't quite measure up. The voice over work by Dakota Fanning as Coraline was very good, and the music was delightfully eerie. Yet both the stop motion animation and the story of a young girl going through a hole in a wall into a magical world too good to be true was done better in the previous films mentioned. Coraline was well-meaning but left me cold. I liked the cat, though.