Paper Man (2009)
Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 28
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Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 13
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Jeff Daniels, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, and Lisa Kudrow headline co-writer/directors Michele and Kieran Mulroney's affectionate comedy drama detailing the unlikely friendship between a failed writer (Daniels) and the Long Island high school girl (Stone) who teaches him what it really means to take responsibility in life. Meanwhile, the author's long-suffering wife casts a disapproving gaze, and an imaginary superhero weighs in with his own take on the unusual bond. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Apr 23, 2010 Wide
Jan 18, 2011
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Aided by subtly wounded performances by Daniels and Stone, and a surprisingly affecting comic turn from Reynolds, Paper Man makes up for many of its shortcomings with an abundance of heart.
The manipulations characters act out with each other are realistic, even if the overlong and not-nearly-twee-enough comedy built around them isn't, making for a movie whose script may have had more merit than its execution. Or not.
A big Twinkie stuffed with indie-film cliches and glazed with chiming emo guitars.
What we have in this film is a whole lot of nothing, and the little that's there is irritating.
We don't even get a real sense of what kind of writer Richard is, or even if he's any good. It does make a difference, after all, if the novel he can't write is worth writing. A bigger question: Was "Paper Man" worth making?
A flimsy character study...as ephemeral and forgettable as a sheet of paper carried off by a gust of wind.
It's tough to watch such a glum progression through the familiar, with bits of quirk dissected and bandied about.
Emma Stone gives a tour de force over fine performances by Daniels, Kudrow, and Reynolds.
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