ParaNorman Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
August 26, 2015
Sweet, morbid, funny, clever, and occasionally brilliant.
Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
It's sort of like what The Goonies might've been, had The Goonies been beautifully animated and not terrible.
James Luxford
The National
October 18, 2013
ParaNorman treats its viewers with respect, and is all the more wonderful for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 6, 2013
The thrilling finale is a terrific blend of heartfelt emotion, surreal visuals and inventive ghostly spectacle, and the film's timeless message is put across in wonderfully ghoulish and surprising ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Knight
National Post
October 6, 2013
Is there such a thing as a gateway drug for horror films? If so, ParaNorman might be just the ticket.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Glenn Dunks
September 8, 2013
[C]inema is nothing if not a fluid creature that has the power to affect us based on any number of variables. The climactic action sequence of ParaNorman is too busy from a visual standpoint, but its message shines loud and clear.
Eric D. Snider
July 17, 2013
I can't imagine any kid who enjoys Halloween (I mean the holiday, not the movie) not being delighted by ParaNorman.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
The only thing animated about it is the animation, which is so spectacular that you begrudge the script for not being equally inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Meredith Borders
April 3, 2013
PARANORMAN is ambitious and inventive, marvelously conceived, but the bulk of its value lies within the movie's open-minded philosophy.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
March 21, 2013
Movies that set themselves firmly against bullying are great, but ones that play to horror fans are even better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
January 22, 2013
An extremely strange blend of genres and styles, ParaNorman somehow manages to pull it off...sort of.
Full Review | Original Score: 58/100
Tom Clift
January 17, 2013
Kids who can handle the bumps should find much to love in this beautifully animated ramshackle parcel, one that's packed full of detail, humour and positive messages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
January 17, 2013
ParaNorman is style, substance, [delicious] brains and a huge [cold dead] heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 16, 2013
ParaNorman demonstrates - as did films such as Coraline, The Corpse Bride, Wallace & Gromit and The Nightmare Before Christmas - that stop-motion animation has a texture and warmth that can't (yet!) be replicated by computer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
January 9, 2013
I still liked ParaNorman and it deserves to be seen for its wit and the work of its passionate animators.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
January 6, 2013
Bristling with energy, here's a delectable 3D film that's inventive, funny, devilishly ghoulish, loaded with splendid effects and a heartfelt story at its core
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
January 6, 2013
Funny, frightening, exciting and extremely thoughtful about the nature of the conflict at the core of the film, ParaNorman is a standout feature animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Cynthia Fuchs
Time to Play Magazine
December 10, 2012
Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) loves zombie movies, monster movies, and all other kinds of movies about dead people, the grosser and gooier the better.
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
December 9, 2012
The inner horror fan is accessed via the child inside in this quirky stop-motion animation treat
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andy Lea
Daily Star
October 30, 2012
Like its hero, this smart, funny and beautifully animated film achieves great things by daring to be different.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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