Critic Review - Boxoffice Magazine

As a summer movie for the kids: protect your progeny. Nightmares and bedwetting are bad. But teaching your kids to take death casually is just bad parenting.

August 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Comments (11)
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Morgan Hay

Morgan Hay

While most of your review is actually praise for the movie, with which I agree wholeheartedly, I think you're missing out on the opportunity the movie creates for parents to have a dialog with their children about the topics touched upon in the film.
Bullying, individuality, death.
I think you could look at this from a parent's perspective and see that though not appropriate for small children, it can actually give you a chance to do some GOOD parenting.
A good parent looks for opportunities to teach and connect with their kids based on their experiences, and I think this is just that.

Aug 8 - 08:08 PM

Bloody Mathias

Mathias N/A

Very well said.

Seems like it's a dazzlingly animated horror film that will terrify younger kids and enthrall everyone else.

No doubt they'll be a fair number of clueless parents who mistake this for a "family film" and bring 6 or 7 year olds, not knowing the nightmare-filled sleepless nights they're in for.

Aug 9 - 07:41 AM

Dana Martinez

Dana Martinez

Agreed. While the movie may be too spooky for small children, that's where parental discretion comes in. And, like Morgan said, it provides an opportunity for parents to discuss certain topics with kids.

Maybe it's just me, but I don't see this movie as making kids "too casual" about death (especially in comparison to how much violence is all over tv, movies, video games, etc.) I'd be more concerned about that sort of gratuitous violence than Paranorman, where a kid is friends with ghosts.

Aug 15 - 04:43 AM

Griffin Hammersmith

Griffin Hammersmith

Calling it bad parenting to take a kid to a movie he actually wants to see is completely offensive. This is a messed up movie like Coraline, but it is good and review it on what it is and not what it should be.

Aug 10 - 08:54 AM

Adam Roman

Adam Roman

okay so i can totally throw out this review.

Aug 10 - 07:29 PM

Bram S.

Bram Sterling

In the beginning of the review, this critics says that this film is "easily one of the most charming, imaginative and quirky comedies to come out of Laika".
Then, near the end, she says that "the real message is forgiveness, but the way it's handled is tedious for adults and too convoluted for kids."
Then, at the end, she says " The comedy is impressive and the animation is stellar"

So, did she like it or not?

Aug 11 - 12:40 AM

Daniel K.

Daniel Karmeli

Someone said you should show it to your kids? Like Coreline and 9, animation movies don't havr to be for kids just because they are animated. next time review the movie fairly instead of complain about something soo obvious that has nothing to do with the movie itself.

Aug 12 - 12:21 AM

Dustin Sohn

Dustin Sohn

you: "this pad thai was DELICIOUS. but it's inappropriate for people with peanut allergies. 1 out of 5 stars."

Aug 12 - 08:54 PM


Mike G

Your job as a critic is to review the film (which you appeared to like), not to offer parenting advice.

Aug 13 - 02:18 PM

Joseph Kaye

Joseph Kaye

Agreed! ^^^ Personally when I was a kid I treated death casually, and I'm perfectly normal, functioning member of society. Your point as a critic is invalid.

Aug 14 - 07:41 PM

Austin Hobbs

Austin Hobbs

It is unfortunate that this review is counted towards the overall score.

Aug 16 - 11:30 AM

Brian Spiekerman

Brian Spiekerman

I don't take death casually. I'm a highly emotional and compassionate person. (Or, at least, I like to think I am.) But this is a comedy film. I like my little fix of black humor every now and then.

Aug 22 - 03:46 PM

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