• Released
  • August 17, 2012
  • PG , 1 hr 36 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Animated
  • 1,453 Fan Ratings
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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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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Rated PG | For Scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor and language
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