The Boxtrolls In this stop-motion kids' flick, gremlins that wear cardboard boxes like turtle shells emerge at night to Dumpster-dive. The script lacks the wit of Wallace… The Boxtrolls In this stop-motion kids' flick, gremlins that wear cardboard boxes like turtle shells emerge at night to Dumpster-dive. The script lacks the wit of Wallace… 2014-09-26 PG PT100M Animation Toni Collette Elle Fanning Ben Kingsley Focus Features
Movie Review

The Boxtrolls (2014)

MPAA Rating: PG
The Boxtrolls | THE BOXTROLLS Eggs is the main character in this animated film
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THE BOXTROLLS Eggs is the main character in this animated film
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Sep 26, 2014; Rated: PG; Length: 100 Minutes; Genre: Animation; With: Toni Collette, Elle Fanning and Ben Kingsley; Distributor: Focus Features

In this stop-motion kids' flick, gremlins that wear cardboard boxes like turtle shells emerge at night to Dumpster-dive. 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 fantasy of its premise. But voicing the putrid villain Archibald Snatcher (who's modeled as either a tribute or an insult to actor Timothy Spall), Ben Kingsley gives the funniest performance of his career. B-

Originally posted Sep 24, 2014 Published in issue #1331 Oct 03, 2014 Order article reprints
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