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The Box (2009)

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Richard Kelly

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About the Movie

What if someone gave you a box containing a button that, if pushed, would bring you a million dollars…but simultaneously take the life of someone you don’t know? Would you do it? And what would be the consequences? The year is 1976. Norma Lewis is a teacher at a private high school and her husband, Arthur, is an engineer working at NASA. They are, by all accounts, an average couple living a normal life in the suburbs with their young son…until a mysterious man with a horribly disfigured face appears on their doorstep and presents Norma with a life-altering proposition: the box. With only 24 hours to make their choice, Norma and Arthur face an impossible moral dilemma. What they don’t realize is that no matter what they decide, terrifying consequences will have already been set in motion. They soon discover that the ramifications of this decision are beyond their control and extend far beyond their own fortune and fate.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 152
  • Fresh: 68
  • Rotten: 84
  • Average Rating: 5.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Kelly has talent, but for his next movie, he might try coming down to earth and forgetting about the people who control the lightning. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Kelly, as he did in Donnie Darko, avoids obvious scare techniques. Instead, he makes the bizarre, the surreal, and the frightening emerge from normal reality. – David Denby, New Yorker, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Kelly treats what is essentially a Stanford University psychology experiment with inflated somberness. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Oct 24, 2011

Fresh: Is it an odd film? Certainly. Will it creep you out more than it engages you? Probably. Should we be rewarding folks who are willing to step out of bounds and make us think? Definitely. – Laremy Legel,, Oct 24, 2011

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Customer Reviews

The box review

This movie was so good I got lost in some parts but in the end it turned out to be a really good movie

The Box

This movie was horribe!!!! I hated it. There was practically no plot and it was very odd. i was looking forward to it thinking that it would be good with Cameron Diaz but boy was i wrong! If you really have to see it rent it don't even think about buying it! This movie is lucky that it got 1 star.

you've gotta be kidding me.

Cameron Diaz is sorda losing her popularity. She did a fantastic job in My Sister's Keeper. But after that, she decides to do a movie like this? WOW. Cameron, my sister, stepdad, and i would all like our money back. Great way to end your career. A blind/deaf son, and a bullet to your head!

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