The only thing animated about it is the animation, which is so spectacular that you begrudge the script for not being equally inspired.
| Original Score: C
I certainly wouldn't go so far as to call it a bad movie, it's just a movie that could have used a little improvement in the story department.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Rankin/Bass never made me feel so detached.
Incredible animation unfortunately paired with a preachy, recycled story and unpleasant character design.
A few decent gags are not enough to keep this 3D stop-motion film alive.
| Original Score: 2/5
The impoverished story line and murky amber tone make for a slightly depressing experience.
Norman's world is a visual and technical marvel, but the plot drags down in elongated chase sequences and a third act fizzle.
| Original Score: 5/10
[While ParaNorman] takes stop-motion animation to an entirely new level...on [the] surface [it's] a beautiful piece of work that's [actually] rotten at its core.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
It's as slow as a corpse, and half as interesting.
... not so much creepy as simply unpleasant ...
ParaNorman, blessed with otherworldly animation, can't escape the demons of story.
The movie has its moments of dark whimsy and cheeky wit, but most of what it has is body parts.
| Original Score: 2/4
The tagline for the film reads "You Don't Become a Hero by Being Normal," and the film mostly lives up to that assertion, but only up to a point.
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.
Good stop action animation but the storyline and characters all have a been there done that feel.
| Original Score: 4/10
It's rare to find a movie brimming with this much talent that finds a way to so consistently kill its own narrative momentum.
It has its entertaining moments, but this paranormal stop-motion animated comedy-chiller cries out for more activity.
Animation is stunning...voice cast wouldn't need to be stellar if the writing were better. Instead, film climaxes with a lengthy sermon on the psychology of bullying. Whee!
It is a Herculean task to create a stop-motion film like ParaNorman, so it's too bad the story and the characters in this adventure tale are so weak.
Humor depends on character, context and continuity, none of which is in abundant supply in "ParaNorman."
| Original Score: 1.5/4