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Paper Man Reviews

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Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
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Husband-and-wife writer-directors Keiran and Michele Mulroney try to smooth over implausibilities with an intrusive emo soundtrack and "dramedic" feints, but the effort is useless.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

April 21, 2010
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/4

June 30, 2010
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine

Too introverted and gimmicky for its own good.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

April 23, 2010
William Goss

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.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

April 25, 2010
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects

It's tough to watch such a glum progression through the familiar, with bits of quirk dissected and bandied about.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: 2/4

April 24, 2010
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

A cross between Greenberg and The Answer Man with a few extra helpings of quirk, Paper Man dully reconfirms that the new millennium's favorite indie-film cliché is the man-child struggling to grow up.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

April 20, 2010
Brian Orndorf

Reaches out for a hug and demands a few tears, but the execution of the film is irritating, making this sensitive picture dishearteningly hopeless and, at least during a few key moments of the feature, seemingly endless.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D+

April 8, 2010
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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An artist-in-crisis piece run through a drab but quirk-conscious indie processor.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 20, 2010
John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
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Married screenwriters Kieran and Michelle Mulroney, who are making their directorial debut, try to wed the peculiar to the poignant and they are irreconcilable.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 23, 2010
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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An intelligent, meticulously constructed, well-acted movie that has been written to death.

| Original Score: 2/5

April 23, 2010
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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What we have in this film is a whole lot of nothing, and the little that's there is irritating.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 20, 2010
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders

What the film aims to be, I think, is a dry, witty and intimate glimpse into the lives and souls of these misunderstood everyday people, but simply cannot connect

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 2/4

April 19, 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 Source: MTV | Original Score: 2/5

April 23, 2010
Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
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A big Twinkie stuffed with indie-film cliches and glazed with chiming emo guitars.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 28, 2010
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 23, 2010
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

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 Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: C

April 23, 2010
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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I can think of no better way to describe Paper Man than the blogger who wrote that the point of this awful movie is "No matter how immature you are, you can always remain married to Lisa Kudrow."

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 21, 2010
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

A flimsy character ephemeral and forgettable as a sheet of paper carried off by a gust of wind.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: D

May 5, 2010
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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?

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

May 7, 2010

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 23, 2010
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