ParaNorman - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

ParaNorman Reviews

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Peter Bradshaw
September 13, 2012
It's an engaging entertainment, with a solidly constructed storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
September 13, 2012
It's fun but a light on plot and not quite funny enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 13, 2012
Tweens, rather than children, will savour its snarky bite, although like the shambling on-screen cadavers, the story needed a bit more meat on its bones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Beck
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
Matthew Turner
September 12, 2012
Gorgeously animated and beautifully designed, this is an entertaining adventure with strong characters, a handful of very funny gags and an important central message ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 12, 2012
Like Monster House, this animated feature taps into horror movie history to tell a story that's both genuinely creepy and a lot of fun
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
September 12, 2012
Co-directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler will please a broad crowd, striking a consistent balance between morbid slapstick and fabulously droll wit.
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
September 12, 2012
It's rather gross in parts and a bit scary, but kids aged about eight and up will love its dark, ingenious humour and impressive stop-motion animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
September 11, 2012
Ghoulish? Yes. Funny? You bet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Siobhan Synnot
September 9, 2012
The result is never dull, doesn't overplay the peril, and respects the art of stop-motion so there is always something interesting going on visually.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
September 9, 2012
Ingenious and wonderfully detailed, though better in its imaginative horror than its slightly too-broad comic knockabout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Justin Craig
September 5, 2012
Unequivocally original with breathtaking stop-motion animation (stay to the end of the credits for a very brief demo of Norman's creation), "ParaNorman" is easily the best animated film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jayne Nelson
Total Film
September 3, 2012
Gorgeous animation and inspired set design help patch over a lacklustre script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Vincent Mancini
August 30, 2012
Incredible animation unfortunately paired with a preachy, recycled story and unpleasant character design.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
August 30, 2012
Paranorman has a unique look that's equal parts old school and cutting edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
August 29, 2012
Stories about real heroes of this kind are very rare in movies today, but this is one of those rare stories, and it is to be cherished.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 27, 2012
The impoverished story line and murky amber tone make for a slightly depressing experience.
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
August 27, 2012
The film avoids the pandering of many animated features, bringing an acerbic edge and a thrilling intelligence to its story.
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 25, 2012
A sumptuously rendered and freakishly fun monster story for kids that should have been saved for Halloween.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Jorgenson
August 24, 2012
... contains an appealing hero for kids and provides a nostalgic kick for adults.
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