The Boxtrolls
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In Theaters September 26 (6 days)
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
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Breathlessly paced and surreally funny, The Boxtrolls fizzes with visual invention and wild slapstick. But the grotesquerie is overbearing"
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"A surprisingly charmless and aimless movie from Laika Studios, who previously crafted the wonderfully dark Coraline and Paranorman, this latest venture seems destined to disturb young viewers while thoroughly boring their parents."
‑ Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"The Boxtrolls isn't just a superb movie for the whole family, it's the best animated film of the year."
‑ Kristy Puchko,
"A triumph on a variety of levels, this staggeringly detailed stop-motion animation has a wonderfully deranged story packed with spirited characters."
‑ Rich Cline,
"It is joyously witty and profoundly weird. I recommend it heartily. But think twice before taking young children."
‑ Brian Viner, Daily Mail [UK]
"Squanders Laika's considerable artistic talent on an unappealing concept and screenplay."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
"It's beautifully made, and lovely to look at."
‑ Paul Whittington, Irish Independent
"The stop-motion animation is extraordinary, but there is something lacking in this third film from Laika Studios - heart"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"The visuals are dazzling, the voices expressive, and the end-credits sequence offers a laugh-out-loud appraisal of the madness of the animators' labour-intensive craft."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"There's plenty of Tim Burton-like wit and humour behind the Boxtrolls concept. The film boasts some lively voice work, too. Its problem is a script that is as flat as cardboard. It takes quite a while to work out what is happening or why."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"Stubbornly unappealing ..."
‑ David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"It's a thoroughly entertaining comedy-adventure that will appeal to all ages."
‑ Toli Papadopoulos, FILMINK (Australia)
"The Boxtrolls charms with its stunning animation and memorable assemblage of creatures and craftwork."
‑ Sam Woolf, We Got This Covered
"The critters themselves are part-Jawa, part-Gremlin creations and provide much-needed fun in a tale that's perhaps lighter than previous Laika efforts but still has plenty to offer."
‑ James White, SFX Magazine
"Like me, my own children weren't overly impressed, much preferring Coraline as the sort of non-Disney / Pixar / Dreamworks type of risk-taking picture that we'd like to see more of."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
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