ParaNorman Reviews

  • 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.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • The story, an amusing if not especially fresh tale involving a witch and some Puritans, is principally a vehicle for the movie's meticulously detailed pictorial beauty, which turns each scene into an occasion for discovery and sometimes delight.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • An entertaining and visually attractive family-friendly story.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • A colorfully macabre stop-motion animation comedy that embraces the sociopolitical allegories of George A. Romero's zombie pictures and reworks them into a feature-length episode of "Scooby-Doo."

    Sean O'Connell — Washington Post

  • The movie has its moments of dark whimsy and cheeky wit, but most of what it has is body parts.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Butler called it "John Carpenter meets John Hughes," and that does just about sum ParaNorman up, though the actual math still feels a little fuzzy.

    Jonathan Kiefer — Village Voice

  • It's as slow as a corpse, and half as interesting.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • ... if you're any kind of animation or graphic art fiend or even mild enthusiast, the visuals are sure to stagger you. ParaNorman is an extrasensory delight for sure.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • The film avoids the pandering of many animated features, bringing an acerbic edge and a thrilling intelligence to its story.

    Bruce Diones — New Yorker

  • What works about "ParaNorman" is its subtle interweave of the stoical and the heroic.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • This swell stop-motion animation operates on a wavelength similar to that of Laika's debut feature, Coraline, with assured character comedy counterbalanced by a solemn sense of macabre wonder.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Humor depends on character, context and continuity, none of which is in abundant supply in "ParaNorman."

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Chances are most kids, and most adults, will find "Paranorman" perfectly horrible in the best possible way.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Truly, this is one animated film that would work just as well as a live-action movie.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Few movies so taken with death have felt so rudely alive as ParaNorman, the latest handcrafted marvel from the stop-motion artists at Laika.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • Employs stop-motion animation to provide hand-crafted appeal to the clever and surprisingly scary story of a Massachusetts town whose witch-hunting past catches up with it on its 300th anniversary.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • The quick-witted script and visual puns (check out Norman's bedroom) make this a zombie movie for kids, but one parents can enjoy.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • "ParaNorman" took a huge risk on a scarier concept, and it paid off enormously.

    Amanda Mae Meyncke — Film.com

  • Unlike the polished universe of Pixar's "Brave" or countless other recent CGI efforts, "ParaNorman" maintains a delicate, handcrafted look that underscores its ideas.

    Eric Kohn — indieWIRE

  • If the story lacks the consistent psychological depth of Coraline, another tale of an outcast finding solace in a parallel world, amends are made during the lovely climax.

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

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