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ParaNorman 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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Not PG

By kws5
I am very surprised that this is a PG movie. The young kid tells his mom he is watching sex and murder movie! All through out the movie they use words that are NOT appropriate for PG and to top it...

My almost 4 year old liked it

By kuhriztuh
Admittedly she was a little young for this movie... but my almost 4 year old daughter liked it, and I could sit through it without having to zone it out. Overall worth going if just to get out and...

Great graphics!

By mely1018
This was definitely a step up from Coraline! VIsually- I loved it. The story came together a lot better. May be a little scary for young children, especially toward the end....

Not for lil children but more for tweens/teens

By lmortiz4
Cute movie. It was entertaining and had a message of acceptance. Definitely recommend to families. There are some jokes that tweens may catch on to but not the little kiddos....

Terrifying for kids!

By terrapin13
From the trailier and commercials it looked like a cute movie with zombies. The whole premise of this movie is disturbing. We took our 7 and 12 year old to the movie. Many other parents there with...


By cjbc31309
It was a cute movie but there were some parts too scary for my 5 and 2 year old. More suitable for maybe 8-10 year old. Also, some adult humor which made it enjoyable for the parents....

Great Animated Movie

By janayasd
I saw this movie with my husband, and two kids ages 6, and 10. The movie was great it was full of witty humor, and had some sad twists. I did not see any parts in the movie that were anymore...


By kzerkel
Very cute movie. I took my 6 year old. There were a few scary parts for her, but other than that she liked it. Good for adults too....

Amazing message!

By bookreader876
I was wary about taking my seven year old cousin to see this due to what some reviews have lead me to believe, but I'm very happy I did. Paranorman's story isn't about the zombies or the witches—it's...

Not for kids

By Tedd
Most movies of this type have some adult humor that goes over kids' heads but his one is straight for the teenage/adult crowd. Inappropriate language, innuendo and situations that, frankly, left me...

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Rated PG | For Scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language
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