The Boxtrolls

Movie review by Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Imaginative adventure has lots of peril, nasty villain.

PG 2014 96 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 38 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 30 reviews

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age 7+

This Film is Pretty Good

I first saw this film When I was 5 and I didn’t really watch it in the theatre, I watched it again just now at age 12 and this film contains Material that I think should not unsettle a child aged around seven or older, parents of Young Children are Cautioned.

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age 6+

My 6 year old loved it

If your kids liked Coraline and Nightmare before Christmas and Hotel Transylvania, they'll enjoy this film. Sure, it was a bit creepy but that's the point people! Its okay to show kids plots that aren't Dora. They'll be okay. Reminds me of the films I watched as a kid in the eighties. Doesn't talk down to kids. Doesn't shy away from a bit scary but my daughter was glued to the screen. Appeals and encourages wild imagination. My daughter made her stuffies into boxtrolls. They seem grotesque but are lveable and sweet. It has a kind mmessage. The bad guys struggle with right and wrong and learn what is right. Come on how great is that? Cute film. Cute story.

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