A more adult, edgier, unconventional animated film. Coraline follows no convention. Henry (Selick) has created a new fairy tale film language.
From Shane Prigmore’sblog.
In the hands and imagination of Selick, art like Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night and poetry like William Shakespeare’s Hamlet soliloquy “What a piece of work is man” unfurl into vibrating life in Coraline, passing with such splendor and velocity that you don’t even realize they’ve been sourced until you’re on to the next thrilling ride….Selick and Gaiman’s cinematic adaptation is a mind-blowing good time masquerading as a coming-of-age tale wrapped in a warning. Don’t miss it.
Scott Thill, in Wired