Norm of the North - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Norm of the North Reviews

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Dustin Putman
April 15, 2016
When stacked up against the Disneys, Pixars and Illuminations of the world, this comparatively modest, lower-tier family film hailing from Lionsgate is middling and kind of lame.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 28, 2016
All in all, Norm of the North is one big ball of mess. Uninvolving, unfunny and visually inferior to its peers, this is a straight-to-DVD production at best. How it managed to sneak its way onto the big-screen, we will never know.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Stefan Pape
March 23, 2016
In spite of the positive message on the preservation of the wild, the film falls short in the supposedly comedically inclined moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
March 21, 2016
Will the toddlers in the audience remember Norm's environmental campaign as they grow up? Perhaps.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
March 20, 2016
Bland, derivative family entertainment Norm Of The North merely underlines the craft and imagination that goes into the Pixar titles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
March 20, 2016
Plays like a bargain-bin mashup of tropes lifted from Happy Feet, Madagascar, Ice Age et al.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kate Muir
Times (UK)
March 18, 2016
The eco-message is rather vague, the villain not particularly villainous, and the jokes fall flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Aldridge
Radio Times
March 17, 2016
It's all fine without being too exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James White
Empire Magazine
March 17, 2016
Cheap and cheerless, Norm's appeal melts faster than the polar ice.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Eddie Harrison
The List
March 15, 2016
Norm of the North doesn't even make the grade in terms of animation, which is shoddy throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pablo A. Scholz
March 3, 2016
The eco friendly message gets lots in bad taste jokes and gags. [Full review in Spanish]
Janet Smith
Georgia Straight
February 18, 2016
For an idea of how little Norm of the North can do with its material, consider a scene where a polar bear visits a high-end sushi restaurant. And then watch it go nowhere, like an ice floe broken adrift. Kind of like the whole movie.
Erik Azpeitia
Cine 140
February 12, 2016
The Indo-American animation is focused for young audiences, as the story, dialogue and characters are attractive to them, but will be difficult for adults to enjoy. [Full Review in spanish]
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
February 9, 2016
As sub-par as the Arctic is sub-zero, Norm of the North is a lumbering snooze. Even some bad puns would have at least made Norm of the North a little more bearable.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
February 5, 2016
The movie is a shapeless mess that lands with a pathetic thud.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Josh Terry
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 5, 2016
It's very difficult to find a positive to take from the Norm of the North experience, and it's unlikely anyone will decipher its muddled eco-friendly message from all the chaos.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Chris Knight
National Post
February 4, 2016
We're adding glasses to all the smart characters so kids will know they're smart. I know it's a bit more money but quality isn't free.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Stephen Schaefer
Boston Herald
February 3, 2016
A family film that mixes its ecological, environmental message with a familiar self-empowerment lesson is hardly original, yet Norm has oodles of charm, a razor-sharp wit and pacing that should keep even preschoolers attentive.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
February 2, 2016
Stale and trivial, it's a charmless, blandly boring 93-minute interlude.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Katie Walsh
Tribune News Service
January 29, 2016
For the tots, the film is blandly inoffensive enough to offer some Saturday afternoon entertainment, but this isn't one of those crossover hits that parents can enjoy just as much as their kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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