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Super Reviewer
½ September 27, 2007
With this cast this should have been better.
Super Reviewer
February 18, 2013
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. 
Super Reviewer
March 12, 2007
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.
Super Reviewer
½ January 28, 2012
The Paper ended up being much better than I thought. It takes a boring subject like news and made it interesting and also showed me the inside work of a newspaper, but its also at times very weird and does not realize what it is.
Super Reviewer
May 17, 2011
Incredibly dated but the solid cast keeps in interesting.
Super Reviewer
January 27, 2008
Good movie.
March 17, 2013
A clever, fast-paced tribute to the best of tabloid journalism - and the best of journalism. Captures the old-school newsroom perfectly.
½ November 17, 2009
Very good story about the sentencing of two kids from the ghetto and the controversy that accures in highly competitive newspaper editor's offices. Sounds boring when I say it like that but add consistant (early 90's) Keaton comedy and you've got a pretty good filc.
January 6, 2009
Sometimes it lets its wackiness run a little bit too free, but there's a lot of great stuff to love here.
May 24, 2008
What a great movie.I loved the entire cast!They are and were amazing:)
A must see if you ever thought about being a writer!
Super Reviewer
½ December 20, 2007
Lots of big name stars... some not even listed here such as Jason Alexander from Seinfeld. Even with all this brilliant acting power in one movie, they could not salvage the lame writing and stupid plot.
½ November 15, 2006
I love The Paper. Its charming, smart, energetic and has such a wonderful ensamble. A guilty pleasure.
½ November 14, 2015
A great cast. A vivid and realistic portrayal of the media industry.
August 14, 2014
Far from Ron Howard's best (which for me will always be Parenthood), but a good, interesting movie never-the-less, although a rather idealized view of newspaper reporter's ethics. Great cast does well and then there's Clint Howard, who would never work except for his brother's films.
June 5, 2015
Great depiction of a day at a newsroom. Superb performances by Keaton, Tomei and Close.
March 15, 2015
A frenetic, high energy, riot for Keaton and the cast which is very funny and a good time at the movies
March 11, 2014
The cast is great and Howard's direction is not overly sentimental about stuff he would normally glop syrup over but the script is mediocre, at best. It's still far better than you would expect and that's not saying nothing.
October 15, 2014
"The Paper" takes place in a time not so long ago before the Internet and 24 hour news channels were the norm in breaking news stories, and newspapers were still king. It's a fast-paced, funny and exciting mix of equal parts comedy and drama, and both fit together comfortably in this well-balanced film.

Ron Howard has turned into one of the most reliable directors working today, and I think the thing that I find the most refreshing about his career is that he rarely makes the same film twice. He's comfortable working in almost any genre, and this is yet another winner for him. It gives the uninitiated an unbeatable glimpse into the world of newspapers, even though I'm sure this is greatly exaggerated to up the entertainment value for the viewer.

The central story hooks you, and this wonderful ensemble cast sells it. The lead role is a perfect fit for Michael Keaton's unique brand of manic energy, and it's always a pleasure to see Robert Duvall work in almost anything. Screenwriters David and Stephen Koepp do a nice job of balancing all the different subplots to give us an idea of the stress faced by newspaper editors, but things get a little lost in the shuffle towards the end.

With the medical crisis and the unnecessary showdown between Randy Quaid and Jason Alexander, the film loses its focus. Thankfully, it happens so late in the film that it really doesn't affect it much. "The Paper" remains s small but pleasurable gem, an overlooked film that deserves a wider audience.
July 20, 2014
Well written with engaging characters but the central conflict of the story just isn't interesting enough to keep the audience engaged, and labeling it a comedy is being generous
May 31, 2014
Perhaps Ron Howard's most overlooked film with great energy. Wonderful performances (even from Clint!), a witty sharp script and engaging direction. "God forbid this newspaper runs a headline without an exclamation mark!"
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