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Norm of the North Reviews

January 29, 2016
For the tots, the film is blandly inoffensive enough to offer some Saturday afternoon entertainment, but this isn't one of those crossover hits that parents can enjoy just as much as their kids.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
January 29, 2016
Neither its animation nor voice performances are particularly memorable, but Norm of the North, especially in its early section set in the Arctic, has its appealing moments.
January 17, 2016
It's got elements of Happy Feet, Madagascar, Despicable Me, Ice Age, and any number of other films. But most of these elements go nowhere.
January 15, 2016
Think of every trope associated with animated family movies and you'll find them all in Norm of the North, a thoroughly uninspired story of a polar bear attempting to save his habitat from a hypocritical hippie seeking to develop condos in the Arctic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 15, 2016
The animation already looks dated, and it feels as lazy as the bland narrative, which finds Norm traveling to New York City to try stop construction on his home.
Full Review | Original Score: D
January 15, 2016
A bland, nearly incompetent animated movie that assumes kids can only be entertained by the sights of a dancing polar bear, of "cute and marketable" lemmings (the movie's own description) urinating in an aquarium, and of a bird defecating on people.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 15, 2016
Norm of the North is more ursa minor than ursa major.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 15, 2016
There is no nuance to the animation or detail in the visuals; the whole thing looks like it was slapped together in time for the crew to hit happy hour at Bennigan's.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 14, 2016
Even the trait that should endear the audience to Norm, his infamous " Arctic Shake," in which the bear goes into uncontrollable fits of dancing and twerking, becomes unbearable to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 14, 2016
"Norm of the North" feels as if it intended to be a better movie, but got confused along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 14, 2016
While the film, with its preponderance of potty jokes, might placate the very young already primed by boisterous singing chipmunks, older viewers will likely find it all harder to, uh, bear.
January 14, 2016
No. No. Just no. No child should be exposed to this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 14, 2016
If I wasn't already convinced of this movie's obnoxiousness, its rendering of Graham's character sealed the deal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 14, 2016
The title character of "Norm of the North" may be a bear, but the movie is a dog. Actually, that assessment is unfair to dogs - real, anthropomorphic and metaphorical.
January 14, 2016
The animation and character work is TV-level: so frenetic so that no real artistry is needed, but not so busy that you keep from noticing how the same background humans are repeated throughout. (I know it's a small world after all, but still.)
January 14, 2016
[Wall's] visually unimaginative style ... may work, barely, in increments of fifteen minutes or less, but fails to engage over 90 minutes on the big screen.
January 14, 2016
Not since Bratz has this writer seen a screenplay so carelessly written, a sort of "Dear John" letter to Hollywood that goes out of its way to paint actors and directors as megalomaniacal idiots.
Full Review | Original Score: D
January 14, 2016
Norm of the North seeks to blend a little Happy Feet with a side of The Penguins of Madagascar and a slice of Minions, but this cheap-looking animation studded with unfunny jokes deserves an ice-floe send-off.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4