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Paparazzi (2004)



Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 80
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 66

A crude, ludicrous exploitation movie with a questionable moral.


Average Rating: 2.7/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 16

A crude, ludicrous exploitation movie with a questionable moral.



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Directed by Paul Abascal, Paparazzi chronicles the aftermath of four paparazzi photographers whose search for the all-important "perfect shot" ends in a tragic car accident. Movie star Bo Laramie (Cole Hauser) is understandably furious when, thanks to the notorious celebrity-chasers, his wife, Abby (Robin Tunney), is seriously injured, and his eight-year-old son is paralyzed. After the accident, Bo dedicates his life to putting a stop to a paparazzo's deadly overzealousness. Chris Rock, Matthew


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Jan 11, 2005


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All Critics (88) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (66) | DVD (21)

Pointedly ugly vigilante screed.

September 9, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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It doesn't take long for the film to devolve into a ludicrously far-fetched Celebrity Death Wish.

September 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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An egregiously self-serving slice of celebrity worship.

September 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Visually uninspired and dramatically overheated, Paparazzi has overall look and feel of generic direct-to-video production.

September 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Variety
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A vigilante movie so sleazy and creepy it makes Death Wish look like a comedy.

September 7, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A vigilante fable so boorish, brainless and mean-spirited, everyone involved should be locked up for assault.

September 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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How can anyone with half a brain buy in to this nonsense?

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

It's not a good sign when a director's primary claim to fame is as Mel Gibson's former hair stylist.

April 19, 2009 Full Review Source:

Loathsome doesn't begin to describe it. How about "toxic"?

June 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Paparazzi just takes itself too seriously.

June 16, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

...a laughably over-the-top thriller...

February 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

At least it's hilariously awful.

January 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

If the movie weren't done in such deadly earnest, it might have made a great cult-classic, 'so-bad-it's-good' flick, but as it is, it's simply bad.

January 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Paparazzi is Hollywood's egomaniacal warning to moviegoers: Love us, just don't come near us.

November 25, 2004 Full Review

Over the top, improbable, as cheesy as stuffed crust pizza and immensely entertaining.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

O roteiro não sai do lugar-comum, mas Hauser segura a atenção do espectador com uma performance seca, mas intensa.

September 21, 2004
Cinema em Cena

A self-conscious, fired-up revenge fantasy that some will find difficult to sit through without offering up the occasional snort and giggle.

September 20, 2004
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

The movie and its unpleasant brood just eat into your skull and make you wish that they would all simply go away.

September 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

(T)his is sure to set off...critics who didn't like Passion and can't think of anything good to say about Gibson, (but)...(i)t's one that the vast multitudes...should enjoy.

September 18, 2004 Full Review Source:

Producer Gibson appears in a cameo, giving his blessing-or salute?-to his hero's semi-fascist revenge schemes.

September 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Mel Gibson's latest film looks at the world of stars being besieged by the press.

September 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

The worst film I have seen in a long, long time.

September 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

The audacity of paparazzi is a good topic, but this imbecilic film has no idea how to focus its intentions.

September 11, 2004 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Even by the low standards of cheesy revenge movies, Paparazzi is pretty terrible.

September 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's all so very Princess Di.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: PopMatters

...if you go in, wanting to enjoy a 90-minute ride filled with brainless entertainment, you might just have a good time...

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
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Audience Reviews for Paparazzi

Paparazzi is an awful action revenge thriller that lacks anything truly interesting. The film has a poor cast, a poorly written script, wooden performances and direction from a director that can't seem to craft something good with his ideas. I really expected something good with this one, but I was really let down. The film had a promising start, but it started to come apart in the middle and by the end, it was laughably bad. The performances are horrible, and the film is filled with clichés. This is the perfect example of a film that could have been much better if the script would have been rewritten and revised a few times. This is a letdown, and if you're expecting something good, fun and original, you'll be sadly disappointed. Watch something else, as this one is definitely not worth your time. The film tries too hard at being revolutionary and trying something new, but it fails to deliver anything of note and it just ends up being a big waste of time. Paparazzi is simply put, a poorly crafted film that lacked in every sense of the word. Watch something else as this one doesn't provide you with anything worthwhile to watch. In the revenge genre, there have been far better movies than this one. Paparazzi just doesn't cut it, due to its stupid, poorly constructed script, and painful performances. As a whole, this is a very forgettable revenge film that you definitely should avoid if you love the genre. Watch Law Abiding Citizen, the original Straw Dogs or any other genre film, and avoid this painful trash that just relies on previous ideas from other better films to create its lackluster thrills.
March 18, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Innovative, ground breaking cinema? No. But it's still a pretty decent ride, and this movie is filled with cameos. I wouldn't own the movie, but it is what it is. An hour of action, and drama that unfolds with the hollywood ending that you knew was coming all along. Obviously written as revenge against the real Paparazzi out there.
March 14, 2012

Super Reviewer

Could of been a decent revenge-action flick with a performance from a promisiung new star but only feels like dull, dark and recklass thriller where the good guy gets away with murder.
January 19, 2008

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