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Based on 33 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 21 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    My advice? Just go with ParaNorman. There's magic in it. show more

  • 75
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    As for Butler's screenplay, it's less beguiling than preachy. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    This wryly funny take on the classic ghost story, with its tributes to horror thrillers from "Halloween" to "Friday the 13th" and rich cast of characters, has distinctive Tim Burton-esque visuals, and a welcome dearth of potty humor. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The 12-year-old boys who go to see ParaNorman - and who are the only ones who might enjoy it - should double up on the sugary treats to stay awake during this gorgeous-looking but zombi-fied stop-motion animated creep show. It's as slow as a corpse, and half as interesting. show more

  • 50
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    ParaNorman is an amusing but only fitfully involving animated caper. show more

  • 100
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    It's freakishly funny, suddenly tender, gleefully macabre, genuinely scary, and full of a moral – fear turns weak people into bullies – which is dosed out so gently that it never tastes like medicine. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    ParaNorman is probably the year's most visually dazzling movie so far, and the stunning climax centering on an 11-year-old witch (Jodelle Ferland) is too good to spoil. show more

  • 88
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Norman is the "freak" bullied and ostracized and otherwise degraded by the alive-and-well crowd. Such is the outcast fate of most heroes in the best children's tales. And ParaNorman, a ghoulishly delightful exercise in stop-motion animation, is a very good children's tale indeed. show more

  • 88
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    It's not warm and fuzzy, but for kids who comprehended "Coraline" and babysitters who savored "The Corpse Bride," this stop-motion marvel from some of the same animators is like an early Halloween treat. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    What works about ParaNorman is its subtle interweave of the stoical and the heroic. The voice work is inspired, without a lot of theatrical flourish. The low-key musical score by Jon Brion, one of the year's best, teases out the macabre humor in each new challenge faced by Norman. show more

  • November 27, 2012 alphagraphx
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    The movie was great , fantastic annimation.. A little overboard for the VERY young... But no need for all these Homophobes to reer their ugly heads with the public outcry. I am a happily married Hetero male who is secure enough in my own skin to admit that I am sick of all this Anti Gay rhetoric that shows up when in a simple children\'s movie has a character who admits he is a bit different. Most Children will have no problem with this until they see the reaction from their parents so it is in my opinion that the fault lies with the parents who introduce their children to this type of hate... And I say shame on you....

  • October 08, 2012 xohisgoldneyesxo
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    So all you stupid people who say they won\'t be taking their kids to see it because of the \"gay agenda\" being pushed on them just do yourself a favor and shut the *******. The movie was AWESOME, it had a great message about bullying without being in your face about it, adorable characters, and a perfect mixture of humor and a little bit of horror. And most importantly at the end when the jock reveals he\'s gay was phenomenal. Finally a non stereotypical gay man whose main characteristic wasn\'t being the token gay guy. So don\'t listen to prejudiced ********, go take your kids to an awesome family, feel good movie.

  • October 01, 2012 oo00000000130045
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    I woud of NEVER EVER took my daughter to see this if i knew about the Homosexual reference towards the end! That is a subject that does not belong in children films that are made for younger audiences - at the very least there should of been a warning or something in the marketing of the film ! Defintly would not recommend this movie to any of my friends who have kids

  • September 20, 2012 ve00000000129443
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    Was appauled that there was a homosexual reference in a \"kids movie\"not to count the many other adult like things threw out this movie !!!!!

  • September 14, 2012 ng00000000125422
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    This will be short and sweet. I\'m a fan of animation. The trailer was enough to get me in the seat, but the movie... not so much. I really wanted this to be good. But, when it\'s not there, well... it wasn\'t. Still, this doesn\'t mean you shouldn\'t play it for your five year old. They seem to respond well to moving objects of various colors. So, this movie will do just fine. For the accompanying adult, though, a shot of whisky pre-film will probably be a good move. Trust me. One thing did leave a positive impression. The marketing campaign for the film. The posters. The figures in display at the theaters. And, specially, the imagery that accompanies the closing credits of the film. Phenomenal stuff. Thumbs up to the art and marketing team.

  • September 14, 2012 frjonoxnrd
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    This movie was waaaaaaaayyyyyyy too intense for children under ten! My grandson was horrified when the dead began to pop out of their graves. He said, \"I want to go, PLEASE!!!\". Just too scary for impressionable minds.

  • September 13, 2012 ag00000000129322
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    Your 8 and 10 year olds are ******!!!! This movie was not scary at all and all they said was \"jackass\" that word plus many others are on said basic cable.

  • September 06, 2012 pq00000000128771
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    NOT A KIDS MOVIE! Homosexual reference, adult language and too scary for small children.

  • September 05, 2012 mleppard
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    not a kids movie

  • September 03, 2012 alysaabeyta
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    I enjoyed the 3D version very much but need to point out there are two kinds of 3D glasses. One pair has the dark grey tint and another kind has a dark green tint. DO NOT USE THE GLASSESWITH THE DAR GREEN TINT! The ones with the green tint makes the whole movie look like it is in green colors only and makes the 3D very blurry to look at. I had the grey tinted ones and my mother had the dark green ones and kept complaining about how the picture looked. I assumed she just needed to adjust to them until I said lets switch glasses. It was then that I noticed what she was talking about and had to go and switch them out with the grey tintedf ones. If you keep this in mind it will save you from having the unfortunate experience we did. Luckily I had them switched out in the very beginning of the show so I didn\'t miss out on too much!


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