The Boxtrolls
The Boxtrolls (2014)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 20, 2015
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While it's far from Laika's best offering, The Boxtrolls is still packed with enough offbeat wit and visual splendor to offer a healthy dose of all-ages entertainment.

James Berardinelli

The Boxtrolls represents the best animated movie to reach theater screens since The Lego Movie exploded on the scene in February.

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John Semley
Globe and Mail

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.

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Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Kids may enjoy the stunning images of the impish underground creatures, a focus on the unlikeable villain will have young ones and their parents alike bored after 20 min.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

It's a wonderful world, full of Rube Goldberg contraptions below and colorful Dickensian squalor and excess above.

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Bill Clark

The Boxtrolls is a weird, completely original experience recommended for fans of this morbid animation sub-genre.

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Mary Houlihan
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

There's little conventional about this movie at all. Thank heavens.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A decent and visually pleasing 3D CGI stop-motion animation that is enjoyable but doesn't do much outside of the box, as it touches upon some interesting… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Eggs: It's a pleasure to meet you. It is one thing to put out a film that is a film that shows off the hundreds of hours of work that went into crafting a… More
KJ Proulx
While not wholly original in the story department, the creativeness in bringing this dry story to life is what made it feel so fresh. Laika Entertainment has… More
Bradley J
The Boxtrolls scores another win for Laika. Even if it's not quite as ambitious as Coraline and ParaNorman, the film still delivers in purely off the wall… More
Mark Hobin
It pains me to say this, but Boxtrolls is a charmless, tedious bore. The picture attempts to be something that it is not, an American attempt at British humor.… More
Philip Price
In some ways Laika studios is becoming the indie animation factory where alternative childrens films go to flourish and are received with almost guaranteed… More