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ParaNorman

17paranorman_span-thumbstandard When an army of zombies invades a small town, it's up to an odd local boy with a knack for communicating with the dead to save the day. But judgmental adults prove to be even more formidable adversaries.
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Netflix Rating: 3.8
NYT Critics' Pick
Norman, the focus of this beautiful-looking 3-D stop-motion animation, is an 11-year-old who cannot only see dead people, but is happy to hang out with them. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 87%
Critics' score: 87   Audience score: 73   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Ghoulish? Yes. Funny? You bet. full review

Cath Clarke, Time Out

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

Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com

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

Bruce Diones, New Yorker

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

Amanda Mae Meyncke, Film.com

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

Rafer Guzman, Newsday

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. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

Chances are most kids, and most adults, will find "Paranorman" perfectly horrible in the best possible way. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

Employs stop-motion animation to provide hand-crafted appeal to the clever and surprisingly scary story of a Massachusetts town whose witch-hunting past catches up with it on its 300th anniversary. full review

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

A colorfully macabre stop-motion animation comedy that embraces the sociopolitical allegories of George A. Romero's zombie pictures and reworks them into a feature-length episode of "Scooby-Doo." full review

Sean O'Connell, Washington Post

Humor depends on character, context and continuity, none of which is in abundant supply in "ParaNorman." full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

The world of Blithe Hollow exists in real space. The residents have real bags under their eyes, real bellies at their belt buckles. Ugliness alternates with rapturous beauty ... full review

Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle

It may be the most fun you'll have with ghosts and zombies all year. full review

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

An entertaining and visually attractive family-friendly story. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

The story, an amusing if not especially fresh tale involving a witch and some Puritans, is principally a vehicle for the movie's meticulously detailed pictorial beauty, which turns each scene into an occasion for discovery and sometimes delight. full review

Manohla Dargis, New York Times

The spirit of great stop-motion animators like George Pal and Ray Harryhausen lives on in ParaNorman, and not just as a ghost: It's so real you could almost reach out and touch it. full review

The movie has its moments of dark whimsy and cheeky wit, but most of what it has is body parts. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

It's not just Pixar that kicks ass in animation. There's magic in ParaNorman, a small miracle in stop-motion 3D from the wizards at Laika. full review

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

ParaNorman, blessed with otherworldly animation, can't escape the demons of story. full review

Jake Coyle, Associated Press

This swell stop-motion animation operates on a wavelength similar to that of Laika's debut feature, Coraline, with assured character comedy counterbalanced by a solemn sense of macabre wonder. full review

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

It's as slow as a corpse, and half as interesting. full review

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
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