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Reviews: The Boxtrolls (2014)

boxtrollsReviews for this film from our members:

  • José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Los magos de Laika siguen fundiendo la nostalgia artesanal con las nuevas tecnologías en una propuesta técnicamente despampanante pero que se atasca un poco desde la esencia de la historia. Con todo, una película notable y esforzada.
  • William Bibbiani @ CraveOnline
    • Excerpt: If Coraline and ParaNorman feel as cluttered as Henry Darger’s fabled apartment, The Boxtrolls feels like a junk drawer in Terry Gilliam’s office. It’s full of bizarre creations, whimsical notions and strange half-cocked ideas, but they don’t quite come together as a single entity.
  • Samuel Castro @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Con una animación que asombra por su belleza formal, The boxtrolls nos cuenta una fábula, tan convencional como tierna.
  • William Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Aunque “Los Boxtrolls” tiene momentos muy buenos, un gran diseño de producción, y es entretenida, la historia que cuenta está mal estructurada, y muchas veces no sabes qué significan las acciones o qué importancia tienen determinados personajes.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The Boxtrolls is a strange little movie in love with its strangeness.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: In the stunning stop-motion animation ‘The Boxtrolls,’ the title characters may look evil, but the real monsters are revealed to be the ambitious and greedy townspeople.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Spooky and surreal, it’s an emotionally resonant, steampunk fantasy.
  • Steven Greydanus @ National Catholic Register
    • Excerpt: When a soulless corporate product like Planes: Fire and Rescue sputters, it’s barely worth a shrug. When a handcrafted labor of love like The Boxtrolls goes bad, it’s a tragedy.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: It pains me to say this, but Boxtrolls is a charmless, tedious bore. It’s hampered by stock characters that fail to enchant.
  • Travis Hopson @ Examiner
    • Excerpt: What Laika is able to accomplish on a technical level is to be admired as much as their social concerns, but The Boxtrolls just doesn’t resonate in quite the way we’re used to from them.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: There’s a fine line between baroque and grotesque… and The Boxtrolls crosses it. Here is a film that actively makes you want to look away.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: The Boxtrolls is a gorgeous film showing off an original story and introduces us to a new world full of wonderful characters.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: As a comedy of manners and little, sharp-toothed gremlins making the most unconventional familial unit, “The Boxtrolls” has imagination, heart, morals and a mind that thinks outside of, if you will, the box from homogenized animated fare.
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: With “The Boxtrolls,” Laika may have finally surpassed Aardman to become the reigning generator of stop-motion cinema.
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: Following two already very good films, Studio Laika has outdone itself: ‘The Boxtrolls’ is an utter delight and as bonkers as they come.
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: A Laika volta a acertar. “The Boxtrolls” pode não ser tão impactante como outros projetos do estúdio, mas é mais uma aposta de enorme perfeição técnica.
  • Kristy Puchko @ Cinema Blend
    • Excerpt: Lush with texture, details, and jokes, The Boxtroll is a feast for the eyes as well as a jaunty ride. Between its lively and colorful world, its rousing story, adorable heroes, willful silliness and daring The Boxtrolls isn’t just a superb movie for the whole family, it’s the best animated film of the year.
  • Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: As suas máquinas diabólicas, os cenários de esgotos e demais sítios desagradáveis apesar de bem apresentados não o tornam uma prioridade para as crianças em busca de cor. Opera num território fronteiriço ao steampunk (lembram-se de “9”?) correndo o mesmo risco dos monstros que nos traz e sendo um belo horrível.
  • Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: This isn’t the best animated film of the year (sorry, The Lego Movie still holds that title for me), but this is effective, entertaining and enjoyable family fare, even if its not all that ground-breaking.
  • c Smithey @
    • Excerpt: This animated 3D children’s picture is as clumsy, tone-deaf, and useless as they come.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Though it’s more than a mite chilly emotionally, it compensates with some understated British wit and a typically good moral.
  • Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Laika’s third feature film generally lives up to its antecedents in terms of visual splendor, ghoulish wit, and thematic sophistication.
Updated: July 7, 2015 — 4:39 pm

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