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Based on 38 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 10 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    This hot mess got booed by the snobs at Cannes, but there's no denying its profane energy. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Gator-filled swamps, an ultra-grungy murderer, racial undertones and a sexually charged atmosphere make up the tense and lurid world of The Paperboy. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The Paperboy is over-the-top every which way you look. show more

  • 20
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    It is likely to become an unintended camp classic, something we haven't had since "Showgirls." show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    In the spirit of the venture, the entire cast gets down and comes off all the better for it. Both Efron and McConaughey get very messed up physically, and both actors seem stimulated to be playing such flawed characters. show more

  • 10
    Scott Tobias NPR

    The words "florid" and "inert" are not quite antonyms, but it would nonetheless seem impossible for those two adjectives to apply to the same thing. And yet here comes The Paperboy, a swamp noir so spectacularly incompetent that even the ripest pulp attractions are left to rot in the sun, flies buzzing lazily around them. show more

  • 40

    The Paperboy is a nutty movie in terms of content, but it's also assembled in a demented fashion - there's a sense that literally anything could happen, and that its raunchy, heat-dazed story could wander down any path without regard to sense or an overall narrative. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The Paperboy is great trash, and as Pauline Kael told us, the movies are so seldom great art that if we can't appreciate great trash, we might as well not go at all. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    I've never seen a movie like this. Not on purpose. Daniels isn't saying he's tasteful. He's just saying that his tasteless trash is as deserving of our attention as the tasteful trash we feel like we have to see. The whole thing's a crazy fantasy, like watching a porno dream it can win the Oscar. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    There are some splendidly over-the-top performances - chiefly those of Nicole Kidman and John Cusack, both cast against type - but the biggest narrative hole lies at the center. The lead character, played by Zac Efron, is dull, uninteresting, and poorly conceived. show more

  • December 02, 2013 jenseidl
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    The actors were all very good, even Zach Efron. Poor guy has people decide not to like him before he gets a chance. He needs to be less attractive to stop this reaction. It seems to be a form of prejudice seldom discussed. John Cusak plays his real self (insider info) leaves you not feeling well.

  • June 01, 2013 xr00000000152207
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    Kidman is good ******* another terrible Zac Efron movie

  • May 25, 2013 uq00000000150867
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    great acting kidman that\'s it another Zac Efron crap fest.

  • March 04, 2013 Raymond
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    Great acting from Kidman stupid story....

  • November 02, 2012 wa2johnny
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    gritty. and if you like people watching, or watching people who are different than you, it is totally absorbing!

  • October 22, 2012 mrymroberts
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    Why was this movie made? Ick is the best I can come up with. The acting was good I will give it one star for that.

  • October 15, 2012 gq00000000131413
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    the mvie could be great the actors were great but the actress who tell the movie was very boring... thay should let morgan freeman tell it.

  • October 15, 2012 beachbillb
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  • October 09, 2012 maftkc
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    I found this movie extremely entertaining. If you like a good quirky movie, you will love it. I think that the critics that gave it a bad review could stand to lighten up a bit. I almost didn\'t see this movie because of the bad reviews I had read, but am very glad that I ended up seeing it.

  • October 08, 2012 MJF
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    god help me...a Zac Efron movie i actually wanna see

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