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The Boxtrolls Reviews

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Rebecca Pahle
The Mary Sue
September 20, 2016
The Boxtrolls is a thoroughly enjoyable movie that I already have plans to see a second time.
Aine O'Connor
Sunday Independent (Ireland)
May 31, 2016
By far its biggest downfall is the characters, they are simply not very appealing.
Jordan Raup
The Film Stage
March 12, 2016
Laika's technical implementation is exquisite, in what is their most complex undertaking yet.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
April 13, 2015
A delightful film that provides a kid-friendly story at the expense of dark realism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
February 1, 2015
Stuffed full of quirky details, bizarre characters and cockeyed humour.
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
January 24, 2015
In a weak year for feature-length animated films, "The Boxtrolls" was clearly the best in my estimation. That doesn't sound like much of a recommendation, but it truly is.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
January 19, 2015
Visually stunning, but a lackluster story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 19, 2015
It often feels like it's been cobbled together from spare parts. Still, when those parts are dashes of Roald Dahl, Monty Python, and LucasArts adventure games it's not much of a complaint.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dominick Mayer
Consequence of Sound
January 13, 2015
The Boxtrolls may still make for a better watch than a great many movies spoon-fed to children in the present era, but it's sometimes a little closer to the chaff than a Laika film should be.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
December 10, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Bill Clark
November 25, 2014
The Boxtrolls is a weird, completely original experience recommended for fans of this morbid animation sub-genre.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
November 17, 2014
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.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 31, 2014
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...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Larsen
October 27, 2014
...looks as if it's made from materials found in the back closet of an arts-and-crafts class.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 25, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Liam Maguren
October 16, 2014
The true charm of these characters comes from their exuberantly animated personalities - not a prettied-up Disney-fied exterior.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
October 12, 2014
A cheesy world that's pretty "gouda"
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 10, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 6, 2014
If you can get past the bugs, slime, dirt, ugliness and unkempt hair, the story is a pretty good one.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
October 3, 2014
"The Boxtrolls" took years of blood, sweat and clay to come to life...and I'm happy to report it was all worth it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.25/5
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