• Released
  • October 21, 2011
  • (Limited 10/21)
  • R , 1 hr 37 min
  • Art House/Foreign
75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
For me, Richard Jenkins is the heart of Norman. How often I've admired him; even in unworthy roles, he has such strength, he never seems the need to try.
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70

Variety

By Dennis Harvey
Recalls last year's "World's Greatest Dad," similarly using a snowballing fib to lampoon the ambulance-chasing relationship between morbidity and celebrity. But unlike that primarily satirical exercise, Norman gradually ditches the snark in favor of poignant, understated dramatics.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

The film built around Norman's brazen bit of acting out is uneven -- a strong, fresh first half is followed by a dismayingly earnest second. But there's enough that is winning and sharp to hold you until the end, even as you're disappointed by the direction the film takes.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Betsy Sharkey
The humor is sly and not overplayed either. Typical is the English class with Mr. Angelo (Adam Goldberg) trying to prod his bored students into parsing the difference between satire and irony, which is what the filmmakers are up to as well.
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70

The New York Times

Norman may not conquer the box office, but it will certainly be a worthy calling card for its director and its leading man.
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63

Boston Globe

Norman gets most of its punch from two terrific performances.
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
There's a winning emotional truth in the father-son scenes in this Spokane-shot sleeper, directed with skill and sensitivity by Jonathan Segal.
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50

Village Voice

Although Norman, shot on location in Spokane and scored by singer-songwriter Andrew Bird, succeeds in fleshing out its troubled main character, the actions of his peers are consistently harder to accept.
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40

Boxoffice Magazine

Segal's film tries to straddle the line between darkly funny and just plain dark, but even with a game cast and an offbeat premise, Norman is a disquieting outing with little in the way of honest payoff.
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38

Slant Magazine

By Bill Weber
Alternately maudlin and snarky, Norman just doesn't risk enough, and can be consigned to the status of what the school drama geek would call "some contemporary, obscure, teen-angst thing."
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60 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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