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At worst, The Boxtrolls could be called a minor effort of its studio.
The Boxtrolls exist as beautiful evidence of the sheer power and clarity of pantomime.
The script lacks the wit of Wallace & Gromit even the trolls groan at a giant cheese named the Briehemoth and never sinks its teeth into the twisted f ..
Unlike its two previous releases the fantastically creepy stop motion adaptation of Neil Gaimans Coraline and the tonally lighter but no less engrossi ..
The animation is quite simply amazing, with incredible details coming together to form a rich, fully realized world.
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Though the script is less layered and skillfully crafted than Coraline and ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls still manages to spin an enchanting yarn set in a ..
Stick with the end credits for the ultimate meta joke involving these characters, which will not only send you out with a smile but an even greater ap ..
Breathlessly paced and surreally funny, The Boxtrolls fizzes with visual invention and wild slapstick.
Splendidly inventive and outrageously squishy, Boxtrolls features more than enough carnivalesque weirdness (the sight of a cheese inflamed Archibald i ..
Typical: the kids return to school, and we finally get one of this summers few animations to merit sustained study.
On the whole, the story is solid, but Boxtrolls ultimately lacks the unpredictability and/or poignance of Laikas best work and isnt as memorable for i ..
To a degree, it makes sense that a movie marketed primarily to children would have most adults as either insufferable dimwits or savage villains, but ..
But as a 3 D film, its success is qualified, and as a story as a fantasy that unspools over the course of 100 minutes it feels like a throwback to the ..
The story of The Boxtrolls, in lesser hands, might have turned out only so so. Under Laikas loving, labor intensive touch, it takes on a kind of magic ..
Intellectual debates and life lessons aside, The Boxtrolls is an inventive, striking and thoroughly fun adventure.
Slapstick and silliness should entertain small children while the adults tackle the nefarious plots.
The Tim Burton look and Roald Dahl tone add a bit of fun, but the unnecessary 3 D makes things murky.
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The animation is breathtaking, the boxtrolls themselves are lovely little heroes, and the theme of being true to oneself comes across as very honest.
Theres a cheerfully grotesque streak to this family animation from the makers of Coraline and ParaNorman.
The Boxtrolls is engaging and will entertain children and adults but it doesnt stand out as great, revolutionary, or memorable.
But The Boxtrolls does have fun with the concept of good vs. evil, with the notions of power and perception.
It is a for the whole family kind of film where the boxtrolls antics will thrill the kids and the story and beautifully detailed animation will please ..
Between Coraline and ParaNorman, Laika has managed to imitate Aardmans lovingly handcrafted aesthetic, and the elaborate slapstick of their comedy.
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The Boxtrolls isnt quite as memorable as Laikas Oscar nominated movies the 2009 fantasy Coraline and the 2012 kid horror flick ParaNorman.
Those few playful minutes are packed with charm, wit and an infectious enthusiasm for the magic of animation all qualities that this stubbornly unappe ..
The story is a good one about the evils of fear mongering and the benefits of inclusiveness.
Its spooky and funny and a little twisted, with a little social commentary in the ParaNorman style.Start to finish, its a delight.
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The boxtrolls world is especially inventive with all its recycled sprockets and gears; metal is the only thing they like more than cardboard.
At times throughout The Boxtrolls, that mindset succeeds, but for the most part, its too off putting for its own good.
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Theres clearly enough material to simultaneously spook/scare, gross out and delight children of all ages, especially when presenting the kids as the h ..
With so many funny people involved, the movie is doubtlessly funny.
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As with everything Laika works on, The Boxtrolls is visually striking and intermittently amusing, but a little of this unusual world goes a long way, ..
Its humor is morbid, its characters grotesque, its story driven by themes of class.
The expected lessons about self reliance, open mindedness and friendship are delivered without too much fuss or ceremony.
The New York Times
From Laika , the animation studio that brought you such memorably quirky classics as Coraline and ParaNorman comes another totally offbeat and origina ..
Theres plenty of Tim Burton like wit and humour behind the Boxtrolls concept.
Instead, give yourself over to the movies captivating, inventive, scary hilarious world.
Boxtrolls manages to hit all of its marks, combining an original story with fantastic characters and witty writing, and clever animation that puts the ..
A surprisingly charmless and aimless movie from Laika Studios, the upstart stop motion artists who previously crafted the wonderfully dark Coraline an ..
Ever since making its feature debut with Coraline in 2009, Laika has edged its way to the front of the stop frame game, innovating a proprietary face ..
The Boxtrolls movie review: avert your eyes by MaryAnn Johanson Theres a fine line between baroque and grotesque and The Boxtrolls crosses it.Here is ..
Indeed, the blue skinned, miscellaneously misshapen boxtrolls are a triumph of design and painstaking execution, with their glow in the dark eyes prov ..
But the film has none of the charm of its predecessors, Coraline and Paranorman.
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Its very British blend of humor and horror might not go down well with American audiences who are used to something more generically comic.
One Guys Opinion
The American animation studio Laika has a mixed track record: their 2009 Neil Gaiman adaptation Coraline was truly imaginative, the recent ParaNorman ..
It is joyously witty and profoundly weird.I recommend it heartily.
A source of inspiration seems to be the work of the Aardman stop motion animation studio behind the Wallace and Gromit films, but W&G are much funnier ..
New York Post
There are some laughs and the dark, steam punk look of Cheesebridge is intriguing, but theres little charm.This is surprising, as the film comes from ..
With its wild swings between sentimentality and cynicism, this overstuffed parable may leave you unsure how to feel about humanity as a whole, eager t ..
That rare thing in mainstream film: a bold aesthetic move wearing its Dickensian dirtpride like a rusty medal, daring you to suggest its not as beauti ..
Through their collaborative efforts, fun abounds along with surprisingly sophisticated humor.
The Boxtrolls is impressively nasty fare for gothic fantasists of all ages.
Are the boxtrolls the new minions.They are if there is any justice in the world.
The Boxtrolls has a few fun moments that children might enjoy and a great vocal cast that adults will appreciate including Nick Frost and Richard Ayoa ..
An engagingly dark animated romp, The Boxtrolls is very much in the tradition of home studio Laikas stop motion hits Coraline and ParaNorman, but some ..
But The Boxtrolls is mainly a delight for the sharp eye and the capricious mind.
The third film from stop motion animation studio Laika, The Boxtrolls isnt quite as affecting or idiosyncratic as the studios first two (Coraline and ..
Las Vegas Weekly
To be sure, The Boxtrolls delivers plenty of action for the kids, but nothing emotionally ever feels at risk for Eggs or Winnie.
The Boxtrolls remains relentlessly busy up through its final credits, and its clever in a nattering way.
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Just like their peculiar title characters co exist perfectly together, Laikas fantastical worlds are an imperative component to the craft of animation ..
The Film Stage
And by the time the movie reaches its bombastic climax, the filmmakers have judiciously folded in elements of steampunk and gross out horror.
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But it is most remarkable for its attempts to grapple with philosophical quandaries.
The stop motion animation, presented in 3D in some theaters, bursts with rollercoaster esque action sequences, but one might fairly call The Boxtrolls ..
The limited appeal of Rube Goldberg mechanical machines has passed its date of expiration, and yet wonky gears are all over the movie as a substitute ..
This is simply a terrific bit of all ages entertainment, and yes my seven year old loved it too.
And yet, Laikas latest, The Boxtrolls, manages to keep all the kooky edges while still finding a warm center.
The folks who made the popular animated movies Coraline and ParaNorman are at it again.
The Boxtrolls may still make for a better watch than a great many movies spoon fed to children in the present era, but its sometimes a little closer t ..
Consequence Of Sound
While the story is reminiscent of an old fairytale, it lacks heart.
Three Movie Buffs
The Boxtrolls is the latest stop motion animation feature from LAIKA and what a breathtaking and highly entertaining film directors Anthony Stacchi an ..
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The studio has cleverly forged its own path separate from Disney, DreamWorks and Pixar, bringing dark and spooky edges to their stop motion work.
Its also more fun and clever than the vast majority of animated movies out there.
Red Eye Chicago
The lowdown: Laikas latest feature looks great and has a rousing cast but lacks a story to match its visuals. Jeff Baker
Although this is brought to us by the makers of Coraline and ParaNorman, the earlier films knowing, child aware sense of menace is nowhere to be seen.
The Boxtrolls attempts both style and substance, and does a pretty good job achieving it.
Animated, PG rated fare usually means youre stuffing the kids into the minivan and stressing about the price of movie snacks.
It is icky, grimy and sometimes unpleasant, but it is also absolutely fascinating in its oddness.
Dustin Put Man
The Boxtrolls PG, 96mins 4 STARS American studio Laika have a delightfully original and wicked take on childrens animation, and fans of Coraline and P ..
Rarely does a film earn its fart jokes; The Boxtrolls brilliantly ends on one.
A triumph on a variety of levels, this staggeringly detailed stop motion animation has a wonderfully deranged story packed with spirited characters.
Indeed, the boxtrolls themselves may be the movies most appealing characters.
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The Boxtrolls is a kiddie charmer that makes you laugh, cower and think of Hitler. Thats an unusual trifecta, but then again, this is an unusual film.
But it might want to distance itself from The Boxtrolls, a technically stunning but aesthetically ill conceived, stop motion animated tale from Laika ..
Wise and witty, gross and goofy, and only slightly marred by a bit of silliness about self creation thats contradicted by everything else in the film.
Theres periodic action to keep young viewers engaged, but this is more family comedy than thriller.
The Boxtrolls is too intriguing to be bad, but too addled to be properly good.
You might expect that a stop motion animated comedy all about little trolls in boxes would occasionally think outside of them.
And while adults may delve into the depths of this grown up material and enjoy the films refined humor, kids will still understand, be challenged by a ..
Beyond its technical achievement, The Boxtrolls is a fun, family friendly fantasy with a cool steampunk aesthetic.
Under The Radar Mag
Another winner from Laika. It has heart, humor and beautiful animation. What more could you want
A slice of Nordic noir with surprising black comedy and some pretty spectacular deaths.
Visually, The Boxtrolls is gorgeous, as I expect Laika movies to be.
The Mary Sue
The Boxtrolls maintains the prickly charm of the Laika studios predecessors (Coraline, ParaNorman) and is a cute exploration of scapegoating, though i ..
The Boxtrolls combines heart with a streak of Roald Dahls perversity. It will have special appeal for viewers who get British humor.
Seven Day Svt
While the story isnt especially engrossing, the spectacle, charm, and delightfully over the top voice performances make it worth ninety minutes of you ..
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Thankfully, this fantasy doesnt just want to scare your little uns, it also wants to charm them with lovable characters, witty dialogue and gorgeous a ..
The studios latest film is an uncharacteristic misfire lacking the charm, wit and heart of its previous efforts, and although it has moments of brilli ..
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The Boxtrolls will more easily appeal to children in the audience than its studio predecessors, but that doesnt minimize the technical achievements of ..
Its a refreshing, imaginative and unique movie that hopefully will get the following it deserves.
But it more than makes up with its scintillating stop motion styletextured and handcraft like, it resembles a blend of claymation, Gilliamesque grotes ..
Storytelling matters in a movie. A lot. Its what separated Pixar in the early days, and its whats wrong here.
Ive always believed that a good animated film should appeal to adults as well as children.
An object lesson in acceptance and the perils of eating too much cheese, The Boxtrolls is crate fun.
The Boxtrolls falls just short of being a truly memorable animated experience, but is a fine film to entertain older kids and adults this fall at the ..
Commercials for The Boxtrolls make it seem as if the animated movie is adorable and silly and family friendly.
But its overstuffed screenplay lacks humor, and it could use a great deal more fun.
But a great kids film should reveal extra layers as its audience ages, and The Boxtrolls has that in spades.
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a lavishly illustrated childrens book with imagination and invention.
When a soulless corporate product like Planes: Fire and Rescue sputters, its barely worth a shrug.
The story, with its lessons of tolerance and truth to ones self, is not deep, but it is wonderfully told an obvious labor of love.
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Its the rare animated film that might amuse adults and kids while slipping a useful message to the latter.
The Boxtrolls is a charmless, disturbing movie with horrible storytelling, borderline repulsive characters, themes that will give young kids nightmare ..
Theres little syrupy, mindless junk to be found here, just plenty of invention from the 3 D, stop motion gang that also gave us the step above Coralin ..
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