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August 17, 2012
PG , 1 hr 36 min
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Synopsis: Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is the only one who can defend his town against a centuries-old curse.
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By Lawrence Toppman
It's freakishly funny, suddenly tender, gleefully macabre, genuinely scary, and full of a moral – fear turns weak people into bullies –...
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...
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...
By Peter Travers
My advice? Just go with ParaNorman. There's magic in it.
San Francisco Chronicle
By Amy Biancolli
As for Butler's screenplay, it's less beguiling than preachy.
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...
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...
The Hollywood Reporter
By Michael Rechtshaffen
ParaNorman is an amusing but only fitfully involving animated caper.
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...
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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Rated PG | For Scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language
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Cool-but-creepy monster flick is too scary for little kids.
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