Norm of the North
Norm of the North (2016)

A polar bear of many words, Norm's greatest gripe is simple: there is no room for tourists in the Arctic. But when a maniacal developer threatens to build luxury condos in his own backyard, Norm does what all normal polar bears would… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 15, 2016
DVD Release Date: April 19, 2016
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Critic Score: 9% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A pioneering feat in the field of twerking polar bear animation but blearily retrograde in every other respect, Norm of the North should only be screened in case of parental emergency.

Katie Walsh
Tribune News Service

For the tots, the film is blandly inoffensive enough to offer some Saturday afternoon entertainment, but this isn't one of those crossover hits that parents can enjoy just as much as their kids.

Jen Chaney
Washington Post

Think of every trope associated with animated family movies and you'll find them all in Norm of the North, a thoroughly uninspired story of a polar bear attempting to save his habitat from a hypocritical hippie seeking to develop condos in the Arctic.

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Ken McIntyre
Total Film

A harmless kids' toon that's probably the least annoying Schneider vehicle in years.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Neither its animation nor voice performances are particularly memorable, but Norm of the North, especially in its early section set in the Arctic, has its appealing moments.

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Devan Coggan
Entertainment Weekly

The animation already looks dated, and it feels as lazy as the bland narrative, which finds Norm traveling to New York City to try stop construction on his home.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A uniquely charmless motion picture, owing in no small part to the hideous, "attach a corpse to a car battery" quality of the herky-jerky animation.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

It's got elements of Happy Feet, Madagascar, Despicable Me, Ice Age, and any number of other films. But most of these elements go nowhere.

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Mark Dujsik

A bland, nearly incompetent animated movie that assumes kids can only be entertained by the sights of a dancing polar bear, of "cute and marketable" lemmings (the movie's own description) urinating in an aquarium, and of a bird defecating on people.

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Dan Lybarger
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

If you spent 86 minutes crawling through a snowbank while clad only in a bathing suit, it would probably be a more rewarding experience than sitting through Norm of the North.

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Flixster Audience Score: 22% Flixster User Reviews
Jesse Ortega
I have to start off with three things. Number one: don't ask. Number two: Bill Nighy deserves so much fucking better than this. So much more, I'm… More
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It's already safe to say Norm of the North is this year's poorest animated film and we're already beginning the year. I don't need to see it… More
Jamie Clarke
Not half as bad as most people made out, The story will be a little hard to understand for young children, But beneath the plot is a innocent story that my 4… More
Bradley J
Norm of the North consistently underestimates how smart children can be and settles for a lazy, and rather sexist environmental tale that suffers from dull… More