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100

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 – which is dosed out so gently that it never tastes like medicine.
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88

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 Ferland) is too good to spoil.
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88

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 the best children's tales. And ParaNorman, a ghoulishly delightful exercise in stop-motion animation, is a very good children's tale indeed.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
My advice? Just go with ParaNorman. There's magic in it.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
As for Butler's screenplay, it's less beguiling than preachy.
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75

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 of characters, has distinctive Tim Burton-esque visuals, and a welcome dearth of potty humor.
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75

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 artists who conjured up the gorgeous "Coraline."
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
ParaNorman is an amusing but only fitfully involving animated caper.
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50

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 creepshows.
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40

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 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.
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72 out of 100
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