Norman (2011)

Norman tells the story of Norman Long (Dan Byrd), a self-aware and darkly funny teen who is trying to handle his daily high school existence. An unexpected set of life-changing circumstances turns his world upside down and then ultimately… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 21, 2011
DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
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Joel Brown
Boston Globe

Byrd and Jenkins earn the film its critical points, but the screenplay has too many moments that feel network-TV-bland.

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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

For first-time screenwriter Wingate and Segal, in only his second feature (2004's "The Last Run), it's impressive work - they never overplay the pity card, opting for insight into the complexities of growing up instead.

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Tracy Moore
Common Sense Media

Affecting drama about terminal illness has mature themes.

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Andy Webster
New York Times

There's something sweet about Jonathan Segal's modest high school drama, "Norman," despite the contrivances of its protagonist's predicament and its stacking of the emotional deck.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

The director, Jonathan Segal, skillfully builds on the tension that this situation creates, though he can't quite make Wingate's ending click. Still, Segal is so good with his actors that you may not mind.

Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

A small film with nicely etched performances, assembled in a way that is consistently engaging and surprising. How many movies can you say that about?

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

There's a winning emotional truth in the father-son scenes in this Spokane-shot sleeper, directed with skill and sensitivity by Jonathan Segal.

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Sam Adams
AV Club

Perhaps there was a disjuncture between director Jonathan Segal and screenwriter Talton Wingate, or the two first-timers didn't realize how difficult their movie-world premise makes it to take anything else in the film seriously.

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Kate Erbland
Boxoffice Magazine

A disquieting outing with little in the way of honest payoff.

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