ParaNorman 3D Synopsis
Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is the only one who can defend his town against a centuries-old curse.

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Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
It's freakishly funny, suddenly tender, gleefully macabre, genuinely scary, and full of a moral – fear turns weak people into bullies –...
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
ParaNorman is probably the year's most visually dazzling movie so far, and the stunning climax centering on an 11-year-old witch (Jodelle...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
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...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
My advice? Just go with ParaNorman. There's magic in it.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
As for Butler's screenplay, it's less beguiling than preachy.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This wryly funny take on the classic ghost story, with its tributes to horror thrillers from "Halloween" to "Friday the 13th" and rich cast...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The story may be thin, but the project, a feat of stop-motion animation, is made with generous care by the same impressive LAIKA studio...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
ParaNorman is an amusing but only fitfully involving animated caper.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
ParaNorman is supposedly for kids, but it's really aimed at their snarky older brothers, and it illustrates the limits of the new family...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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...
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I Really Enjoyed This Movie

By mcmc52
As a fan of the Zombie genre, I thought the jokes were hilarious and the writing was right on the mark. It seems a little dark and intense for little kids (under 11). I saw it in 3D and it was spot-on...

It doesn't leave an impression.

By HoodCritic1
Other than be completely misrated by the MPAA, this is a movie that doesn't exactly leave a lasting impact on audiences. I found the characters completely shallow and underdeveloped, in a story that...

Exceptional Animation and a Whole Lot of Fun

By Niki_PDX
This movie may be animated but for this adult with no kids it was a whole heck of a lot of fun to watch. The animation was exceptional with its blend of stop motion and computer graphics providing a...

Pretty good

By VampireVixen
Overall this was a pretty good movie. The only thing is, if you are taking small children, I believe this movie should have been rated PG13. (Mine are 4, 6, and 9.) In the first 5 minutes the dad asks...

Fun and Funny Without Being "Tim Burton-Like" Macabre.

By Alon Patterson
Silly fun and funny stuff to most older kids who, playing today's video games, won't find it the least bit frightening. Unlike some of the more over-the-top adult horror animation that kids are...

Should be PG-13 for sex jokes and implied language.

By siberone
I took my 10-yr old to see this and I thought I would be safe not checking it out prior since it was PG. I am surprised the ratings board didn't make them cut out some of the dialog. Another boy...

Good Movie

By pipebomb
The movie seems a bit scary for kids younger than 9, so please take that in mind. Overall, it was great, and the storyline was fantastic....

I enjoyed it...

By Musicbrat
I took my family and we all enjoyed it. We watched in 3D, I would have liked to see more 3D graphics but overall it was really cute. I like the humor and the characters were great....

Paranorman 3D

By lvwitch
3D effects were lousy. Movie line was a bit mature for kids. All in all - this movie was NOT worth the $70 I paid for tickets to see it....

Really funny

By Rican0901
I took my boys 4 and 11 and went in with the idea it would be like other kid movies with a couple laughs and just ok. But I was pleasantly surprise to find out it was laugh out loud funny. Like there...

More Info

Rated PG | For Scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language
What Parents Need to Know
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