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Critic Reviews for Norman
Byrd and Jenkins earn the film its critical points, but the screenplay has too many moments that feel network-TV-bland.
There's something sweet about Jonathan Segal's modest high school drama, "Norman," despite the contrivances of its protagonist's predicament and its stacking of the emotional deck.
There's a winning emotional truth in the father-son scenes in this Spokane-shot sleeper, directed with skill and sensitivity by Jonathan Segal.
For first-time screenwriter Wingate and Segal, in only his second feature (2004's "The Last Run), it's impressive work - they never overplay the pity card, opting for insight into the complexities of growing up instead.
The director, Jonathan Segal, skillfully builds on the tension that this situation creates, though he can't quite make Wingate's ending click. Still, Segal is so good with his actors that you may not mind.
Audience Reviews for Norman
Great acting carries this film that takes on a situation that unfortunately happens/ed in real life. Cancer still sucks...
While I enjoyed the sweet nature of the love between Normand and Emily I found the story a little bit perverted. A kid that pretends to have terminal cancer while his father dies from the disease is sick.
...I don't know about this one. To be honest, what turned me off about this one was that I did not like the main character. I didn't know what his motivations were for his actions, especially when he says he has cancer. I had no idea why he did that. It kind of came out of nowhere. Dan Byrd was fine, especially when he finally confronts his problems, I just didn't like the way the character was written. Emily VanCamp was cute and charming, but there wasn't really much more to go on. Richard Jenkins pretty much saves this one. I thought his performance was heartbreaking and honest. What really did this one for me was it's attempt to be darkly funny. It was the style of humor that was spot on in 50/50, but here was just plain dark and uncomfortable. Personally, I think this is one to skip.
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