The Boxtrolls
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A family event movie from the creators of "Coraline" and "ParaNorman" that introduces audiences to a new breed of family - The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they've built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town's villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, "into the light," where he meets and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Boxtrolls represents the best animated movie to reach theater screens since The Lego Movie exploded on the scene in February."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It's a felt, funny, bracingly sincere kids' movie. And even more refreshing, it takes as a theme our social fixation with waste, salvage and repackaging."
‑ John Semley, Globe and Mail
"The Boxtrolls is a weird, completely original experience recommended for fans of this morbid animation sub-genre."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"...looks as if it's made from materials found in the back closet of an arts-and-crafts class."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"A cheesy world that's pretty "gouda""
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"There are many more delighted 'Ewwws' than too-easy 'Awws' in this charming, if a tad cynical, feature from the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"It's a wonderful world, full of Rube Goldberg contraptions below and colorful Dickensian squalor and excess above."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A little thin storywise, but it more than makes up with its scintillating stop-motion style--textured and handcraft-like, it resembles a blend of claymation, Gilliamesque grotesquerie and pop-up book effects--and a strong cup of English eccentricity."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"The story is confidently and clearly expressed, though that does not change the fact that it's a bit on the trite side in some ways."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Laika's oddest feature yet, a film that adds a faceful of leeches and a Monty Python/Mr. Creosote homage to an already eccentric story."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"It's a world that runs in a parallel universe akin to that of Charles Dickens, with creatively named characters involved in seemingly outlandish adventures in a Victorian-era city where a moral or two plays out in the end."
‑ Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times
"There's little conventional about this movie at all. Thank heavens."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"The stealth allegory of the insidious nature of gossip as a tool of domination, and the scathing class satire of misbegotten and socially unjust personal goals, carry a productive sting that should leave kids smarting but a bit wiser..."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The true charm of these characters comes from their exuberantly animated personalities - not a prettied-up Disney-fied exterior."
‑ Liam Maguren,
"If you can get past the bugs, slime, dirt, ugliness and unkempt hair, the story is a pretty good one."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
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