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Paper Man Reviews

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Perri Nemiroff
August 14, 2010
Primarily charming and peculiarly funny, but dribbles on during the final portion of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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July 18, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.4/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 30, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
May 28, 2010
A big Twinkie stuffed with indie-film cliches and glazed with chiming emo guitars.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 20, 2010
What we have in this film is a whole lot of nothing, and the little that's there is irritating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 7, 2010
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?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 5, 2010
A flimsy character ephemeral and forgettable as a sheet of paper carried off by a gust of wind.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 28, 2010
Ignore the story of Paper Heart ... Concentrate instead on the delightful performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
William Goss
April 25, 2010
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.
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
April 24, 2010
It's tough to watch such a glum progression through the familiar, with bits of quirk dissected and bandied about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
April 23, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 23, 2010
An intelligent, meticulously constructed, well-acted movie that has been written to death.
| Original Score: 2/5
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine
April 23, 2010
Too introverted and gimmicky for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 23, 2010
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 23, 2010
Paper Man is far from perfect, but it holds your interest as a character study because of strong performances by Daniels and Stone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
April 23, 2010
Married screenwriters Kieran and Michelle Mulroney, who are making their directorial debut, try to wed the peculiar to the poignant and they are irreconcilable.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
April 23, 2010
The quirk-laden indie Paper Man brings together a novelist who won't grow up with a sullen teenage girl for mutual wallowing, eccentric high jinks and life lessons but, unfortunately, little reason to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tony Medley
April 22, 2010
Emma Stone gives a tour de force over fine performances by Daniels, Kudrow, and Reynolds.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kam Williams
Sly Fox
April 22, 2010
Love, Long Island style!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
April 22, 2010
First-time husband-and-wife writers-directors Kieran and Michele Mulroney mine rich thematic territory with sharp literary language and keen, if modest, visuals.
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