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ParaNorman Reviews

Cath Clarke
Time Out
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Ghoulish? Yes. Funny? You bet.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

September 11, 2012
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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Paranorman has a unique look that's equal parts old school and cutting edge.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 30, 2012
Bruce Diones
New Yorker
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The film avoids the pandering of many animated features, bringing an acerbic edge and a thrilling intelligence to its story.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

August 27, 2012
Amanda Mae Meyncke
Film.com
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"ParaNorman" took a huge risk on a scarier concept, and it paid off enormously.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: A

August 22, 2012
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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"ParaNorman" is never less than entertaining, but you'll have to follow it into a strange purgatory between two opposing genres.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 17, 2012
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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If the story lacks the consistent psychological depth of Coraline, another tale of an outcast finding solace in a parallel world, amends are made during the lovely climax.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail

August 17, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Chances are most kids, and most adults, will find "Paranorman" perfectly horrible in the best possible way.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

August 17, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Employs stop-motion animation to provide hand-crafted appeal to the clever and surprisingly scary story of a Massachusetts town whose witch-hunting past catches up with it on its 300th anniversary.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 17, 2012
Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
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A colorfully macabre stop-motion animation comedy that embraces the sociopolitical allegories of George A. Romero's zombie pictures and reworks them into a feature-length episode of "Scooby-Doo."

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 17, 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
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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The world of Blithe Hollow exists in real space. The residents have real bags under their eyes, real bellies at their belt buckles. Ugliness alternates with rapturous beauty ...

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

August 16, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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It may be the most fun you'll have with ghosts and zombies all year.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 16, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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An entertaining and visually attractive family-friendly story.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

August 16, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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The story, an amusing if not especially fresh tale involving a witch and some Puritans, is principally a vehicle for the movie's meticulously detailed pictorial beauty, which turns each scene into an occasion for discovery and sometimes delight.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 16, 2012
Stephanie Zacharek
NPR
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The spirit of great stop-motion animators like George Pal and Ray Harryhausen lives on in ParaNorman, and not just as a ghost: It's so real you could almost reach out and touch it.

Full Review Source: NPR

August 16, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"ParaNorman" has plenty of rambunctious thrills to give the kiddies goosebumps, while older connoisseurs of stop-motion animation will appreciate the Laika studio's inventive visuals.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3.5/4

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
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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It's not just Pixar that kicks ass in animation. There's magic in ParaNorman, a small miracle in stop-motion 3D from the wizards at Laika.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

August 16, 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
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This swell stop-motion animation operates on a wavelength similar to that of Laika's debut feature, Coraline, with assured character comedy counterbalanced by a solemn sense of macabre wonder.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 16, 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
Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
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It delivers a potent, multipronged fable that touches on meaty themes, from bullying to dealing with death. It also delivers an especially resonant message about not succumbing to a cult of fear.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 3/4

August 16, 2012
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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The quick-witted script and visual puns (check out Norman's bedroom) make this a zombie movie for kids, but one parents can enjoy.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

August 16, 2012
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Butler and Fell are diehard fans of the horror genre and they have peppered the film with an endless array of subtle homages and gags.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 16, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's filled with clever detail, both old-school and state-of-the-art.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 16, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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What works about "ParaNorman" is its subtle interweave of the stoical and the heroic.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 16, 2012
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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Beautifully rendered in 3-D stop-motion animation, the film combines ghoulishness and hilarity in a way that suggests Evil Dead 2 for the Nickelodeon set.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

August 15, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Truly, this is one animated film that would work just as well as a live-action movie.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

August 15, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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This is the kind of grim fairy tale, equal parts midnight-movie macabre and family-round-the-hearth compassionate, that scars in all the right ways.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

August 14, 2012
Jonathan Kiefer
Village Voice
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Butler called it "John Carpenter meets John Hughes," and that does just about sum ParaNorman up, though the actual math still feels a little fuzzy.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 14, 2012
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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... if you're any kind of animation or graphic art fiend or even mild enthusiast, the visuals are sure to stagger you. ParaNorman is an extrasensory delight for sure.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 14, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The story may be thin, but the project, a feat of stop-motion animation, is made with generous care by the same impressive LAIKA studio artists who conjured up the gorgeous Coraline.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

August 8, 2012
Justin Chang
Variety
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Few movies so taken with death have felt so rudely alive as ParaNorman, the latest handcrafted marvel from the stop-motion artists at Laika.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 3, 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
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