The Boxtrolls

Lists: Animated, Focus Features

Brief Synopsis: "The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by a villainous pest exterminator who is bent on eradicating them as his ticket to Cheesebridge society, the kind-hearted band of tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge and an adventurous rich girl to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change – and cheese."

Overall Ranking: 1926 (Rank from 2014: # 128)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 20%
Regular 30%
Half-Popped 40%
Stale 0%
Burnt 10%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Citizen Charlie88(full review)
Silver Screen Riot Matt Oakes85(full review)
Movie Waffler Joshua LF Mitchell80(full review)
Gorgon Reviews80(full review)
Lisa Marie Bowman70 - A film that proves even the ugliest animated monsters deserve happiness.
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Minnesota Man60 - Finds Laika coasting rather than accelerating...still, not bad.
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CinemaVisitor Erik50
Dan O'Neill50(full review)
Sober Film Critic James Brown47.6 - Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi offer us an original, intriguing premise with a beautifully crafted world, but that's not enough. The film has to be infused with humor, silliness, and the vibrancy that attracts youths. Instead, The Boxtrolls is a bland affair from the start.
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David Baruffi25(full review)

People Involved

  • Isaac Hempstead Wright (Eggs)
  • Ben Kingsley (Archibald Snatcher)
  • Elle Fanning (Winnie Portley-Rind)
  • Simon Pegg (Herbert Trubshaw)
  • Toni Collette (Lady Portley-Rind)
  • Jared Harris (Lord Portley-Rind)
  • Nick Frost (Mr. Trout)
  • Tracy Morgan (Mr. Gristle)
  • Richard Ayoade (Mr. Pickles)
  • Laraine Newman ()
  • Graham Annable (Director)