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Paper Man (2010)

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Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 13
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Paper Man is a comedic drama about an unlikely friendship between Richard, a failed middle-aged novelist who has never quite grown up and Abby, a 17-year-old girl whose role in a family tragedy years earlier has stolen away her youth. Richard has moved to a Long Island beach community for the winter season in order to overcome his writer's block. There, he meets Abby and hires her as a weekly babysitter, even though he has no children. As the season progresses and the warm, quirky friendship

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Michele Mulroney, Kieran Mulroney

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.

July 18, 2010 Full Review Source: NPR
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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.

June 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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A big Twinkie stuffed with indie-film cliches and glazed with chiming emo guitars.

May 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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What we have in this film is a whole lot of nothing, and the little that's there is irritating.

May 20, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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?

May 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Ignore the story of Paper Heart ... Concentrate instead on the delightful performances.

April 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comments (2)
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Primarily charming and peculiarly funny, but dribbles on during the final portion of the film.

August 14, 2010 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
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A flimsy character study...as ephemeral and forgettable as a sheet of paper carried off by a gust of wind.

May 5, 2010 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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We're subjected to so much arbitrary quirkiness that the characters' big breakthroughs and breakdowns ring false, accidentally making for some of the film's biggest laughs.

April 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinematical | Comment (1)
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It's tough to watch such a glum progression through the familiar, with bits of quirk dissected and bandied about.

April 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
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Jeff Daniels' issues are self-indulgent. But to him, his writer's block and insubstantial life are epic, and the film sides with him more often than not.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Comment (1)
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Too introverted and gimmicky for its own good.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Are we supposed to look upon a guy who comes on to young girls and plies kids with alcohol as some sort of blithe free spirit?

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: MTV | Comments (3)

Emma Stone gives a tour de force over fine performances by Daniels, Kudrow, and Reynolds.

April 22, 2010 Full Review Source: tonymedley.com

Love, Long Island style!

April 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Sly Fox
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First-time husband-and-wife writers-directors Kieran and Michele Mulroney mine rich thematic territory with sharp literary language and keen, if modest, visuals.

April 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine
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