ParaNorman

ParaNorman
ParaNorman
  • PG
  • 1h 32m
  • 2012
Certified Fresh88%
Common Sense Media Iconage 10+
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From the makers of Coraline comes the story of Norman, a boy who must use his ability to see and speak with the dead to save his town from a centuries-old curse. In addition to spooky zombies, he’ll also have to take on mysterious ghosts, wily witches and, worst, of all, clueless grown-ups. But this young ghoul whisperer will soon find his paranormal abilities pushed to their otherworldly limits. Featuring the voice talents of Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Jeff Garlin and John Goodman, it’s a frightfully funny and magically thrilling adventure for the whole family in eye-popping stop-motion.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh88%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully animated and solidly scripted, ParaNorman will entertain (and frighten) older children while providing surprisingly thoughtful fare for their parents.
Reviews
Little White Lies
Chris Blohm
Fresh

There's no meat on the bone of this skeleton. Witty and fast-paced, sure, but the film lacks subst...

June 22, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Fresh

It's an engaging entertainment, with a solidly constructed storyline.

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Cath Clarke
Fresh

Ghoulish? Yes. Funny? You bet.

June 22, 2017
New Yorker
Bruce Diones
Fresh

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

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Cool-but-creepy monster flick is too scary for little kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that ParaNorman is, above all else, a monster movie, and it will scare little kids. It's animated (stop-motion), but it's full of ghosts, corpses, zombies, and witches and is aimed toward older kids and teens. There are chases, "jump" scenes, characters in peril, frightful zombies with body parts flapping and falling off, creepy houses with looming shadows (and, in the 3-D version, a swarm of bugs bursting out of a teddy bear straight at you), an angry mob with weapons, and much more. The language (lots of insults directed at Norman) and teen hormones (overt flirting and discussion of how "hot" a couple of teen characters are, as well as flashes of cleavage and a broad shirtless chest) are also more mature than in most animated movies for the younger set. There are also hurtful conflicts between parents and kids, some bullying takes place, and a character is revealed to be gay in a low-key way. While it has themes about tolerance and teamwork and could be a great pick for brave older tweens and middle-schoolers, this cool frightfest is very likely to be too much for younger moviegoers to handle.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Horror, Family
  • Release Date:August 17, 2012
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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