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action & adventure, anime & animation, children & family, sci-fi & fantasy

From the makers of Coraline comes the magically thrilling 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.

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Top Critic Reviews

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

- Amanda Mae Meyncke,, Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fresh: 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, Thursday, August 16, 2012

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

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, August 16, 2012

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Paranorman takes a recycled coming-of-age story, a cliche horror premise, a cast of boring archetypes and turns it into fresh heartfelt adventure full of charm and laughs. Loveable characters, sharp script, and just... and overall feeling of honest heart looms in the air as Norman overcomes loneliness to save his town. It goes to show that reiteration doesn't necessarily mean a bad product. That formulas are there because they work and that genre bending can never really go wrong. It also features some of the best character design, animation style, and storyboard work I've seen in a long time. A truly enjoyable experience!

- fb535316333, Wednesday, September 5, 2012

4 stars

The weird kid who sees ghosts is a town's only hope to save them from a zombie invasion brought about by an ancient witch's curse. Quality animated entertainment in the CORALINE mold; adult fans of cheesy horror movies should dig it, too---this is the first time I've caught a visible boom mic in an animated movie.

- 366weirdmovies, Wednesday, September 5, 2012

3 stars

It suffers from a pretty limp middle section, but ParaNorman makes up for it due to a charming voice cast, brilliant score, hilariously edgy jokes, unique animation style, and a fantastic, heartfelt third act.

- fb791220692, Sunday, December 30, 2012