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Reviews: ParaNorman (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Jason Bailey @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: ‘ParaNorman’ is a boisterous, high-spirited good time; it’s a real treat, and one that older audiences may very well enjoy more than the younger ones it’s being pitched to.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: Quite probably the most sophisticated stop-motion feature ever made.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: There’s a sweetness inside that is tender and genuine, giving any Disney or Pixar film a run for its money. “ParaNorman” offers a sweet story with a good message. It’s heart’s in the right place, even if that place happens to be outside of its ribcage.
  • Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Beginning with a zombie-movie-within-a-zombie-movie, this sweet retro paean to kids who love their monsters also has a message for kids about tolerance and bullying.
  • Jake Cole @ Not Just Movies
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: “ParaNorman” is primarily a comedy, but it tries to take its horror thriller aspects seriously, and the transition between tones doesn’t always work. Co-directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell (“The Tale of Despereaux”), have a good eye for detail, and their New England town, while clearly nestled in the Berkshires, has a working class ambience that doesn’t usually make the postcards.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: A morbid film but gleefully so.
  • Dustin Freeley @ Movies About Gladiators.com
  • Kimberly Gadette @ doddle
    • Excerpt: Norman’s world is a visual and technical marvel, but the plot drags down in elongated chase sequences and a third act fizzle.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Spooky story about an adolescent medium’s ‘Sixth Sense’ encounters; perhaps it should be rated PG-10, not PG.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Dismal, yet profound and pungent; makes its points in ways more sharp and brutal than other “children’s” films. This is a story about ostracism and bigotry taken to extremes, and about our own unspoken prejudices and assumptions.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • [New – 3/14] | Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: ParaNorman is a cute, endearing children’s film about perception, acceptance and the undead.
  • Joe Lozito @ Big Picture Big Sound
    • Excerpt: Gleefully twisted fairytale about a small medium with large problems. If only the script were as deeply textured as the beautiful stop-motion animation.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Sure to please kids and adult horror buffs alike.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: I’m going to go ahead and call “ParaNorman” the best animated movie of 2012.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: ParaNorman is a charming little film, even if it’s not quite as good as Laika’s other recent stop-motion effort, Coraline. ParaNorman is a charming homage to a variety of classic horror films, clearly crafted with a great deal of affection and love by directors Chris Butler and Sam Fell.
  • Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Laika are back with their second feature, sticking to spooky territory for ParaNorman. The outcome is good, though maybe not as good as it could be, showing some growing pains as the creative collective work out a few kinks.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: An odd and unsatisfying animated adventure that is probably too scary for little kids and definitely too frustrating and uneven for adults.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: ParaNorman is not for small children despite the PG-rating. But it is one of the most delightful, thoughtful, and well-made animated films of the year.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Fans of Aardman’s handcrafted style of animation will find much to enjoy in this wonderfully stylized stop-motion comedy-horror-thriller about a little boy named Norman who sees dead people, or at least their ghosts.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guy’s Opinion
Updated: July 18, 2015 — 2:03 pm

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