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The new 3D stop-motion comedy thriller from animation company LAIKA, reteaming the company with Focus Features after the groundbreaking Academy Award-nominated Coraline. ParaNorman is, following Coraline, the company's second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D. In ParaNorman, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he'll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst, of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ghoulish? Yes. Funny? You bet."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
""ParaNorman" took a huge risk on a scarier concept, and it paid off enormously."
‑ Amanda Mae Meyncke,
"ParaNorman treats its viewers with respect, and is all the more wonderful for it."
‑ James Luxford, The National
"[C]inema is nothing if not a fluid creature that has the power to affect us based on any number of variables. The climactic action sequence of ParaNorman is too busy from a visual standpoint, but its message shines loud and clear."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"PARANORMAN is ambitious and inventive, marvelously conceived, but the bulk of its value lies within the movie's open-minded philosophy."
‑ Meredith Borders, Badass Digest
"Paranorman has a unique look that's equal parts old school and cutting edge."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
""ParaNorman" is never less than entertaining, but you'll have to follow it into a strange purgatory between two opposing genres."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"The thrilling finale is a terrific blend of heartfelt emotion, surreal visuals and inventive ghostly spectacle, and the film's timeless message is put across in wonderfully ghoulish and surprising ways."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"I can't imagine any kid who enjoys Halloween (I mean the holiday, not the movie) not being delighted by ParaNorman."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Movies that set themselves firmly against bullying are great, but ones that play to horror fans are even better."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"The film avoids the pandering of many animated features, bringing an acerbic edge and a thrilling intelligence to its story."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"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
"Is there such a thing as a gateway drug for horror films? If so, ParaNorman might be just the ticket."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"The only thing animated about it is the animation, which is so spectacular that you begrudge the script for not being equally inspired."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"An extremely strange blend of genres and styles, ParaNorman somehow manages to pull it off...sort of."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
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