ParaNorman (2012)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 17, 2012
DVD Release Date: November 27, 2012
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Beautifully animated and solidly scripted, ParaNorman will entertain (and frighten) older children while providing surprisingly thoughtful fare for their parents.

Cath Clarke
Time Out

Ghoulish? Yes. Funny? You bet.

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Amanda Mae Meyncke

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

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Yasmin Shehab

ParaNorman is just plain fun.

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Richard Roeper

Paranorman has a unique look that's equal parts old school and cutting edge.

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Rafer Guzman

"ParaNorman" is never less than entertaining, but you'll have to follow it into a strange purgatory between two opposing genres.

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Krystal Sim

ParaNorman is a fun and rather sweet film which will subtly delight pop culturists and which asks some gentle questions about human nature.

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker

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

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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J. Olson

By placing weighty, real world lessons aimed at kids in this specific cinematic world, the gloominess is only intensified.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
The superb animation combines 3D stop-motion and CGI effects into a dazzling visual spectacle, but the plot drags with an irregular pacing and only occasional… More
Spencer S.
This has to be one of the most surprising, awe inspiring, and beautiful films of the year, and on top of that it's a children's film. Laika, a new… More
Jens S.
The animation is really original and well done, the effort that had to go into this film alone makes you want to appreciate it. Sadly, the story isn't much… More
Manu Gino
It's all fun and games until someone raises the dead. Good animated movie! This was a rather surprising movie. It's unlike any other modern animated… More
Christopher Heim
From the same studio that created the delightfully creepy "Coraline" comes another family horror flick that once again boasts great stop-motion… More
Christian C
Very well done animation, with a great story of acceptance of the different in oneself and others. A more sophisticated animated film in that it doesn't… More