ParaNorman - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

ParaNorman Reviews

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September 4, 2016
Highly enjoyable family film. Beautifully animated, really funny and surprisingly moving at times. Great flick.
½ September 4, 2016
While not for the youngest set of kids, ParaNorman manages to remain fun and entertaining thanks to its visual dazzle, thought-provoking themes about bullying, talented voice cast and a great mixture of horror and humour. Those who enjoyed Coraline are guaranteed to enjoy this stop-motion work of art from Laika.
August 28, 2016
Inspiring stop-motion animation.
½ August 21, 2016
From the makers of Coraline which i consider one of the greatest animated movies of all time comes Paranorman a film that is considered by many to be as good if not better than Coraline and... I disagree but at the same time i can see why this is so well liked. It has a complexity to it that has not been captured by any other stop motion picture. It's also very mature and teaches a lesson that resonates well with alot of people and it's a lesson that's not overdone. But while i do respect Paranorman i was far from entertained by it. The comedy fell flat, the character models were very uncomfortable looking, the story and premise had a unique twist but was far from original and i thought it lacked that raw creativity that made Coraline so brilliant. But i will recommend it to most older kids and adults because there is alot of stuff in here that people will like. I just couldn't get into it as a whole.
½ August 2, 2016
ParaNorman, des studios Laika, est un film d'animation en stop-motion assez joli qui prend le contre-pied de ce qu'on pourrait s'attendre quand on parle de zombies et de garçon qui peut parler aux décédés. Le film oscille entre un côté horrifique pas très efficace et un côté humoristico-touchant qui lui marche beaucoup mieux, surtout grâce à un casting de voix remarquable (John Goodman, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Casey Affleck et Jeff Garlin en tête), des personnages très expressifs grâce à une animation remarquable et très bien troussés et originaux et un développement de l'histoire assez habile. Même si on est loin de l'excellence de Pixar ou même de Disney tout court, ParaNorman est une sympathique alternative.
August 1, 2016
Absolutely wonderful child's horror animated film especially for children who are a but different or odd.
July 8, 2016
ParaNorman adds to another wholly satisfying stop-motion film to the Laika collection, that even if it's not as good as Coraline, it still marks another original, beautifally animated, and surely funny stop-motion film that is sure to delight any type of audience.
½ June 27, 2016
no me ha convencido tanto como coraline,pero si es una muy buena pelicula de animación stop-motion
April 29, 2016
A great family stop motion film about a boy who can see and talk to the dead but no one believes him. A family film with dark elements and hilarious moments. A brilliant idea for a film that is a refreshing change for family films as many dont seem as inventive. Great voice casting and great stop motion, paranorman is a damn good film.
April 13, 2016
This is fantastic film and has grown to be one of my all time favorites. Just towing the line of "Too scary for kids" without taking it too far. Wonderful animation and characters will keep viewers of any age entertained.
April 12, 2016
Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is a misunderstood little boy who's ostracized within his small New England town since nobody believes that he can see (and communicate with) ghosts. Things take a turn for the ugly once a witch's curse reanimates the dead and it seems like Norman is the only one who can do anything about it. The third act of Paranorman is a bit more heavy-handed than I liked, but the whole package is funny, exciting, and even touching. The voice cast does solid work all around, but what really sells this story is the detailed and vibrant animation. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the kids who grow up watching this movie eventually turn it into a perennial cult tradition a la The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus, or It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
½ March 25, 2016
A seriously awesome hidden gem. Maybe a bit too genuinely scary for younger viewers, but a really good and original plot with thought-provoking concepts and some edgy comedy. A must see!
March 19, 2016
Rock solid kids film with tons of gore and scares, a tremendous soundtrack and stuff for grown-ups too.
March 3, 2016
The most hilarious stop motion movie I have ever seen! ð???
½ January 12, 2016
Love this movie the fact that a Kid could see dead people in an animated story just did it for me.
November 11, 2015
Extremely weak and disappointing compared to other stop-motion animated films.
½ November 8, 2015
A pretty solid concept, and though it's been done before, I don't think the whole "protagonist sees dead people" theme has ever been catered to a young audience. Stop motion is, as always, a sight to behold, though honestly, the film takes a route that didn't really fit. Our protagonist, Norman, is a bullied misfit, and by God does the film drive it into the ground. The first 20 odd minutes is Norman getting ruthlessly ostracised by both friends and family. Perhaps just the one or two scenes could've given off the fact that he was a misfit, and more time could've been spent in fixing up the messy concept. I hated the main villain, mostly because their intentions really didn't make sense. However, I LOVED all the characters, vicious and comical stereotypes coupled with great voice actors. Really, the only thing that let it down was the general conflict, vital to the structure of the film. If you can get past that, it's a quality horror kids film.
November 4, 2015
In a fun homage to horror movies of old, ParaNorman is beautifully animated, as well as boasting an impressive voice cast, but is unfortunately inconsistent in delivering both its narrative and its jokes.
Super Reviewer
½ November 2, 2015
The animation is really original and well done, the effort that had to go into this film alone makes you want to appreciate it. Sadly, the story isn't much help after a decent start. While it is likable that the film tries to stay surprising and avoid stereotypes the plot becomes a bit of a mess in the second half. It's also surprisingly gritty and not exactly for all children. Somewhat disappointing.
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