Parent reviews for The Boxtrolls

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Common Sense says

age 9+

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Parents say

age 9+

Based on 38 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 30 reviews

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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Great messages
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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Great messages
Great role models
age 7+

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Great messages
Too much violence
age 4+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
age 10+

It would have been a great movie without the villain

The villain is downright disgusting, creepy, and horrifying at moments. He dresses like a woman at times and definitely has some gender issues. There is a moment when he eats a piece of cheese (which he is morbidly obsessed with) and has an allergic reaction where he becomes bloated and even more disgusting looking to the point that it almost made me run to the bathroom to vomit. It was terrible. This is NOT a movie me or my children will ever watch again. I give it two stars because the box trolls are nice and the animation is painstaking. The story would have been great (and easier to produce) had they simply left out the disgusting, gender confused villain.

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Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 10+

Parental Guidance Suggested – some material may not be suitable for children.

This is an quirky movie that really does have material not suitable for children - just as a PG rating suggests. There is such an unmet desire for quality movies for kids that we often take our 6 to tweens to PG movies only to be disappointed when they are, in fact, not suitable. Our 10 year old thought it was pretty creepy and while it was (just) ok for him, I am relieved that we did not see it when it first came out.
age 6+

Great lessons

This movie is great. The Box Trolls are the good guys. It shows how dangerous misconception is. This movie also reinforces how it's important to be how you are and that titles and material possessions are not what makes a person (white hats). Mr. Snatcher is a little scary, but he is also funny. Tell me what villain is not a little scary.... Malificent, Cruella de Vil, etc.

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age 4+

Terribly sweet

I feel sorry for those that think this so dark. My family loved this movie. Id rather my 4 yr. old watch box trolls than frozen, which i find far more violent (which is odddly rated at 5yrs.) Most importantly know your kid and what is appropriate for them, not their age.
age 7+

If your kids like quirky then they'll love this

Due to the many reviews suggesting this movie is scary, I watched it first with just my 8 year old. I prefaced it by saying there might be scary parts. She then proceeded to watch the whole movie, asking over and over when were the scary parts. ;-) After that I had no issues watching this with my 5yo and 3yo. Neither had any issues with being scared. But I will say this. Be wary if this is your child's first exposure to claymation. It can be frightening to younger kids (

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Great messages
age 10+

Why do they push this on our kids

I've always liked the clay-mation and this type of film making - I think that it takes a lot of talent to make this happen. And with saying that I don't know why adults make movies marketed for kids, and dish out homosexual, a-sexual, or what ever sexual content onto the kids (song at the end of the movie). Note: Why would you have the main villain as a cross dresser that only an adult could hash out... stop it... let the choice of presenting these social political positions up to the parents or at the least provide us with a version of the movie where I don't have to stop and start it to get around those sense... "Johnny I don't know what happened to the CD... must be a smudge?" Eating my face off -I made a mistake getting this one a couple of years too soon...

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Too much violence