The Paper (1994)



Critic Consensus: Fast and frenetic, The Paper captures the energy of the newsroom thanks to its cast and director on first-rate form.

Movie Info

David and Stephen Koepp wrote this comedy-drama which covers 24 hours in the life of a New York newspaper. Score by Randy Newman.

Rating: R
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: David Koepp, Stephen Koepp
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 1, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video


as Henry Hackett

as Bernie White

as Alicia Clark

as Martha Hackett

as McDougal

as Graham Keighley

as Marion Sandusky

as Paul Bladden

as Phil

as Carmen

as Ray Blaisch

as Deanne White

as Henry's Father

as Henry's Mother

as Wilder

as Copy Editor

as City Editor

as Copy Guy

as Air Conditioner Repa...

as Air Conditioner Repa...

as Sobbing Woman

as Parking Cop

as Crazy Guy

as Security Guard

as Sentinel Receptionis...

as Press Operator

as Bernie's Doctor

as Pressroom Foreman

as Martha's Paramedic

as Paste-Up Person

as Doctor Porter

as Alicia's Doctor

as Hospital Volunteer

as Arresting Officer

as Herself

as Attendant

as Himself

as Himself

as Himself

as Himself

as Himself

as Himself

as Herself

as Himself

as Herself

as German Newsperson

as Press Operator
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Critic Reviews for The Paper

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (11)

The picture starts to fall in love with its subject -- head- over-heels in love, until the acid drains from the wit and there's nothing left but sentimental ooze.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It's all slick, fizzy fun. But the film's fighting spirit gets snatched.

June 6, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Perfectly captures the hubbub of the nation's newsrooms.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Thanks to a caffeinated cast and hyperactive script, director Ron Howard delivers The Paper with a bang.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Watching The Paper got me in touch all over again with how good it feels to work at the top of your form, on a story you believe in, on deadline.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A crowd pleaser, and, regardless of any viewer's experience (or lack thereof) with the behind-the-scenes wrangling that goes on in newspaper offices, the story is affable and entertaining.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Paper


With this cast this should have been better.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Bernie: Well, you're in management now. If everybody loved you, you'd be doing something wrong.

"A behind-the-line look at work, marriage, and other forms of combat."

The Paper is a decent workplace, comedy/drama from Ron Howard that features a long and impressive cast. While this movie doesn't quite leap off the screen at you, it was still pretty good in it's own right. Normally Ron Howard tends to be pretty hit and miss, and with this one, it's right on the edge of being either hit or miss. It's not good enough to call it a clear success, but it is good enough to say that he didn't miss. 

Henry is an editor at the New York Sun newspaper and he has a busy day ahead of him. He has an interview at the Sentinel, which is offering him a job that would pay more. He also is trying figure out how to put together a worthy cover story after missing on yesterday's. He has to fight time, a pregnant wife, a colleague, and still manage to get the paper out on time and make sure he's running the correct story.

While The Paper may come off as just another dull and unexciting workplace movie, I somehow found just enough enjoyment from it. It had just enough funny and smart parts to make up for a lot of dull and boring parts. The movie kind of plays like a lesser and lighter form of Broadcast News. 

I'm gonna give this one a mild recommendation. The movie is most worth it for the cast. Although no one is giving one of the best performances of their careers, this huge and star studded cast makes seeing this movie worth it. Michael Keaton, Robert Duvall, Marisa Tomei, Glenn Close, Randy Quaid, and many more faces you'll be sure to recognize. 

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Great ensemble comedy-drama about a New York Daily tabloid newspaper with Michael Keaton as an editor who has a few hours to get the scoop on a murder and stop cost-conscious managing editor Glenn Close from printing a sensationalistic cover that implies two innocent youngsters are guilty.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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