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ParaNorman Reviews

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April 16, 2016
By placing weighty, real world lessons aimed at kids in this specific cinematic world, the gloominess is only intensified.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
August 30, 2012
Incredible animation unfortunately paired with a preachy, recycled story and unpleasant character design.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 13, 2012
A few decent gags are not enough to keep this 3D stop-motion film alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
August 16, 2012
It's as slow as a corpse, and half as interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 25, 2012
... not so much creepy as simply unpleasant ...
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
August 16, 2012
ParaNorman, blessed with otherworldly animation, can't escape the demons of story.
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
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
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
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
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
August 3, 2012
It has its entertaining moments, but this paranormal stop-motion animated comedy-chiller cries out for more activity.
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!
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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