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: September 26, 2014
DVD Release Date: January 20, 2015
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Critic Score: 75% 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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Josh Terry
Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

The entire production is chock-full of campy humor and visual charm that should appeal to a variety of audiences, but parents may decide Boxtrolls is a little too creepy for the youngest of the young.

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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.

Sheila O'Malley

Without being didactic, "The Boxtrolls" presents the dangers of a hierarchical society, separated out into high-status and low, and also has some very interesting and moving things to say about identity, family, and morality.

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

The Boxtrolls attempts both style and substance, and does a pretty good job achieving it.

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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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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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Rebecca Pahle
The Mary Sue

The Boxtrolls is a thoroughly enjoyable movie that I already have plans to see a second time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% 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 the box, as it touches upon some interesting… More
Nate Zoebl
Another delightful film from the creators of ParaNorman, the whimsical Boxtrolls is another stop-motion treasure that plays just as well for children as it does… More
JY Skacto
Co-directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable manage something charming out of something outlandish in The Boxtrolls. An 85 minute story about trolls in… More
Film Crazy
They don't make them, like they used to! A visually pleasing animation with its quirky-ness but that's it! Predictable, unamusing and holds as much… More
Christopher Heim
The stop-motion animation is just as great as Laika studio's past two efforts (Coraline, Paranorman), but the whole affair is about as charming as bland… More
Christian C
Spectacular, humorous and touching. There is nothing I would change about this film. Thoroughly enjoyable for kids and adults alike.