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ParaNorman Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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 Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: C

May 26, 2013
Jeff Beck

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 12, 2012

Rankin/Bass never made me feel so detached.

Full Review Source: NECN | Original Score: C

August 24, 2012
Vincent Mancini

Incredible animation unfortunately paired with a preachy, recycled story and unpleasant character design.

Full Review Source: FilmDrunk | Original Score: C

August 30, 2012
Alex Zane
Sun Online

A few decent gags are not enough to keep this 3D stop-motion film alive.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 2/5

September 13, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

The impoverished story line and murky amber tone make for a slightly depressing experience.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 27, 2012

Norman's world is a visual and technical marvel, but the plot drags down in elongated chase sequences and a third act fizzle.

Full Review Source: Doddle | Original Score: 5/10

August 17, 2012
Brad Miska
Bloody Disgusting

[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.

Full Review Source: Bloody Disgusting | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 3, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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It's as slow as a corpse, and half as interesting.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

August 16, 2012
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

... not so much creepy as simply unpleasant ...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

September 25, 2012
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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ParaNorman, blessed with otherworldly animation, can't escape the demons of story.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

August 16, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The movie has its moments of dark whimsy and cheeky wit, but most of what it has is body parts.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

August 16, 2012
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2012
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
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.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

August 8, 2012
Jackie K. Cooper

Good stop action animation but the storyline and characters all have a been there done that feel.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/10

August 24, 2012
Jon Niccum
Kansas City Star

It's rare to find a movie brimming with this much talent that finds a way to so consistently kill its own narrative momentum.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 2/4

August 16, 2012
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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It has its entertaining moments, but this paranormal stop-motion animated comedy-chiller cries out for more activity.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

August 3, 2012
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

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!

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

August 15, 2012
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

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.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 16, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Humor depends on character, context and continuity, none of which is in abundant supply in "ParaNorman."

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 16, 2012
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