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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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
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Ghoulish? Yes. Funny? You bet.
Cath Clarke, Time Out  full review
Paranorman has a unique look that's equal parts old school and cutting edge.
Richard Roeper, Richard  full review
The film avoids the pandering of many animated features, bringing an acerbic edge and a thrilling intelligence to its story.
Bruce Diones, New Yorker  full review
"ParaNorman" took a huge risk on a scarier concept, and it paid off enormously.
"ParaNorman" is never less than entertaining, but you'll have to follow it into a strange purgatory between two opposing genres.
Rafer Guzman, Newsday  full review
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.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail  full review
Chances are most kids, and most adults, will find "Paranorman" perfectly horrible in the best possible way.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
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.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post  full review
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."
Sean O'Connell, Washington Post  full review
Humor depends on character, context and continuity, none of which is in abundant supply in "ParaNorman."
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
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 ...
Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
It may be the most fun you'll have with ghosts and zombies all year.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times  full review
An entertaining and visually attractive family-friendly story.
Claudia Puig, USA Today  full review
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.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times  full review
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.
The movie has its moments of dark whimsy and cheeky wit, but most of what it has is body parts.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
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.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone  full review
ParaNorman, blessed with otherworldly animation, can't escape the demons of story.
Jake Coyle, Associated Press  full review
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.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader  full review
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