ParaNorman Reviews

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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
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 24, 2012
Rankin/Bass never made me feel so detached.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Vincent Mancini
FilmDrunk
August 30, 2012
Incredible animation unfortunately paired with a preachy, recycled story and unpleasant character design.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Alex Zane
Sun Online
September 13, 2012
A few decent gags are not enough to keep this 3D stop-motion film alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 27, 2012
The impoverished story line and murky amber tone make for a slightly depressing experience.
August 17, 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 | Original Score: 5/10
Brad Miska
Bloody Disgusting
August 3, 2012
[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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 16, 2012
It's as slow as a corpse, and half as interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
September 25, 2012
... not so much creepy as simply unpleasant ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
August 16, 2012
ParaNorman, blessed with otherworldly animation, can't escape the demons of story.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 16, 2012
The movie has its moments of dark whimsy and cheeky wit, but most of what it has is body parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
August 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
August 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
August 24, 2012
Good stop action animation but the storyline and characters all have a been there done that feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jon Niccum
Kansas City Star
August 16, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
August 3, 2012
It has its entertaining moments, but this paranormal stop-motion animated comedy-chiller cries out for more activity.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
August 15, 2012
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!
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
August 16, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 16, 2012
Humor depends on character, context and continuity, none of which is in abundant supply in "ParaNorman."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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