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The Boxtrolls Reviews

September 26, 2014
The Boxtrolls represents the best animated movie to reach theater screens since The Lego Movie exploded on the scene in February.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 26, 2014
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.
September 26, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 26, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 26, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 26, 2014
It's a wonderful world, full of Rube Goldberg contraptions below and colorful Dickensian squalor and excess above.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 26, 2014
There's little conventional about this movie at all. Thank heavens.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 25, 2014
In "The Boxtrolls," old-fashioned stop-motion animation is combined with new-style 3-D cinematography to charming effect.
September 25, 2014
The details are impressive: 190 puppets built, 79 sets constructed, 20,000 handmade props, 200 costumes, 26 locations, 56 cameras, 892 lights, 53,000 face parts.... But somehow it still doesn't add up to enough.
September 25, 2014
Imaginative but very weird, more Monty Python than Walt Disney. Not for all tastes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 25, 2014
[A] totally offbeat and original tale for kids (and adults) looking for something a little more challenging and completely off the wall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 25, 2014
Like one of its wondrously designed steampunky contraptions, "The Boxtrolls" is a marvelous thing to behold, and watch spin, even if it doesn't go anywhere terribly interesting.
September 25, 2014
What makes Boxtrolls truly special is how it challenges kids to consider that the true villain may be the person calling others villains.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 25, 2014
The story of "The Boxtrolls," in lesser hands, might have turned out only so-so. Under Laika's loving, labor-intensive touch, it takes on a kind of magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 25, 2014
Do not think outside "The Boxtrolls." Instead, give yourself over to the movie's captivating, inventive, scary-hilarious world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 25, 2014
Why did the story of this huggable species' attempted extinction leave me emotionally indifferent?
September 25, 2014
"The Boxtrolls" remains relentlessly busy up through its final credits, and it's clever in a nattering way. But it's virtually charmless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 25, 2014
One gets the sense that directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable have their hearts in the action sequences and not in the characters, and that's a problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 25, 2014
[An] exquisitely crafted but tedious film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 25, 2014
There are some laughs and the dark, steam-punk look of Cheesebridge is intriguing, but there's little charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 25, 2014
A delectable treat that balances themes of identity and class warfare with Monty Python-style political skewering, quirky humor and dairy jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 25, 2014
Visually the film is a feast, stuffed with little jokes and surprises and the kind of black humor that Alfred Hitchcock heartily enjoyed.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
September 25, 2014
In an age when most cartoon companies have traded pens for pixels, the magicians at Laika continue to create fantastically elaborate universes out of pure elbow grease.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 24, 2014
Ben Kingsley gives the funniest performance of his career.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 24, 2014
Engaging as it is to look at, this stop-motion animation film from the young Oregon studio Laika seems to have been masterminded by people thinking, "Everyone loves Pixar. So let's do everything the opposite!"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 24, 2014
The Boxtrolls has its penny-dreadful moments, but it's mostly a larkish stroll through a cemetery where the monsters are the good guys.
September 24, 2014
The Boxtrolls, despite a rather uncertainly structured story by screenwriters Irena Brignull and Adam Pava, has its pleasantly demented charms.
September 24, 2014
A child's animated primer on the chicanery, skullduggery, and social gamesmanship so dear to the heart of the grownup world, and a gentle affirmation of genuine family life as the antithesis of and antidote for same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 24, 2014
"The Boxtrolls" is a swing-and-miss for Laika; when you move forward with revolutionary techniques while standing still in terms of your themes, stories and settings, no amount of technical trickery or animation genius can bring the boring to vivid life.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.8/10
September 23, 2014
The Boxtrolls is a kiddie charmer that makes you laugh, cower and think of Hitler. That's an unusual trifecta, but then again, this is an unusual film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 9, 2014
Breathlessly paced and surreally funny, The Boxtrolls fizzes with visual invention and wild slapstick. But the grotesquerie is overbearing
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 31, 2014
Squanders Laika's considerable artistic talent on an unappealing concept and screenplay.
August 31, 2014
Stubbornly unappealing ...
August 30, 2014
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.