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Paper Dolls Reviews

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Russell Edwards
Variety
September 8, 2006
Pic mostly fails to transcend its ramshackle structure or penetrate the inner-lives of its subjects.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 30, 2006
The film only skims the surface of the Paper Dolls' personal lives, barely tapping into the dreams that motivate them on a daily basis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine
September 13, 2006
Paper Dolls seems something of a cardboard cutout, perhaps because in covering so many of the Dolls one never sees clearly into their various inner lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
December 14, 2006
Israeli filmmaker Tomer Heymann inserts himself into the story, and sometimes it seems, pushes it along certain dramatic paths.
| Original Score: 2/4
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New York Magazine/Vulture
September 8, 2006
Director Tomer Heymann's matter-of-fact style serves him well, but to say that the subject matter is of limited interest would be an understatement.
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
October 11, 2006
Paper Dolls, which tracks a group of [...] workers through their day jobs and drag act, is far from a chronicle of misery.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 5, 2006
This modest documentary examines the lives of a group of transsexual Philippine immigrants who work as home attendants for elderly Israelis and also perform in Tel Aviv nightclubs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 8, 2006
... a rich, discretely damning 85-minute portrait of intolerance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
October 1, 2006
Paper Dolls is infused with lively and dynamic action, people caring for each other even in the worst of circumstances...
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
October 13, 2006
The transsexuals muddle through, finding their way on the planet in a manner that can only provoke awe, no matter how silly their lifestyle will look to some.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 8, 2006
The presentation is conventional, but the subject matter isn't.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 8, 2006
The Paper Dolls themselves are funny and touching and their plight is relevant to any discussion about foreign workers, regardless of the country.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 20, 2006
Sad, sweet and oddly inspirational.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
September 27, 2006
Moving tale of two groups of people who have found a common emotional ground.
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
September 29, 2006
Although the 'weird' factor is very much in play here, director Tomer Heymann does a fine job of peeking behind the curtain and discovering real humanity at work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 6, 2006
Heymann brings to Paper Dolls not only an engaging poignancy and depth but also a powerful universality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
A real human story emerges, and you sincerely root for these unlikely, uncomely souls.
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