• Released
  • October 21, 2011
  • (Limited 10/21)
  • R , 1 hr 37 min
  • Art House/Foreign
Norman Synopsis
A teen (Dan Byrd) pretends to have cancer as a way to cope with his daily existence.
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Critic Ratings

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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

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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...
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50

Village Voice

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Although Norman, shot on location in Spokane and scored by singer-songwriter Andrew Bird, succeeds in fleshing out its troubled main...
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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...
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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...
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Amazing Film

By wcdreamboat
I loved this film. If you have a chance to see it, you should....

Wonderful

By stratford02116
Jon Segal is a genius!. The movie was creative, moving and heartfelt. It's a must go and see....

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Rated R | For Some Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Affecting drama about terminal illness has mature themes.
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