I've seen a lot of film critics take swipes at Leonard Maltin for the mini-capsule reviews that are found in his annual reference book. But that's pretty stupid, considering that Mr. Maltin has a team of editors who write those, plus the book is not about deep and insightful film criticism. It's a reference guide for people who want quick info, and it's a damn good one, too. Beyond that, it'd be pretty hard to quantify the excellent work Maltin has done as a film analyst over the years.

So I say all that so that you don't think I'm being rude here: Maltin's quote regaring Coraline is "The Best Movie I've Ever Seen in 3-D!," which is the sort of blurb that publicists would kill for. But under a little more scrutiny ... what is Maltin actually saying? That this film is better than Amityville 3, Comin' at Ya!, Friday the 13th Part 3, Jaws 3, The Man Who Wasn't There, Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn, My Bloody Valentine, Parasite, Scar, Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone, Spy Kids 3, Starchaser: The Legend of Orin, and Treasure of the Four Crowns ... and I'm not even including all the schlock from the mid'-'50s!

House of Wax (1953) and Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) are the closest I could come to quality, but I guess "The Best Movie I've Ever Seen in 3-D since 1954!" is a bit too wordy for the Coraline posters. Maltin is probably including stuff like Beowulf and The Polar Express, but to me it's not a 3-D movie unless it was made specifically (if not solely) for 3-D exhibition. But feel free to argue that point or remind me of some 3-D flicks I forgot to mention. That's what the comments section is for.

Lastly, I still haven't seen Coraline. I know, I suck.