• PG-13, 1 hr. 29 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Nicholas Jasenovec
    In Theaters:
    Aug 14, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 1, 2009
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Paper Heart Reviews

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Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International

Twee mockumentary bestills love-seeking hipster hearts.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 15, 2011
Simon Miraudo

Paper Heart doesn't unearth the meaning of 'love' (spoiler alert?) but it at least shows us how real human beings deal with all those confusing emotions that might equal something close to it.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 4/5

October 27, 2010
Simon Foster

Ultimately, one doubts that even the parts that seemed real are real, and the entire house-of-cards comes tumbling down.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au

August 9, 2010
Dominic Corry

Determining the exact level of artifice never stops being distracting, and the emotional climax is far from earned.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 2/5

June 9, 2010
Nick Deigman
Fan The Fire

There are so many things about the film that could have been annoying (...) but the story is so refreshing and honest that it would be almost impossible to find anything annoying here.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 4/5

April 15, 2010
Adam Lippe

Yi's worldview is best represented by a song she writes for Cera, a Weezer-esque bit of nerd rock called You Smell Like Christmas. At first the song is irritating, but it sticks in your head and just like Paper Heart, the song is annoyingly hummable.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com

December 25, 2009
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

It's not the worst cutesy, lo-fi love story you'll ever see, but it's shown up by all those genuine true-life tales. Alongside them, its falseness is too glaring.

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK) | Original Score: 2/5

November 13, 2009
Philip French
Observer [UK]

An extremely irritating, narcissistic picture.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

November 13, 2009
Sarah Cohen
Time Out
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The segments featuring real people are genuinely affecting, but the realisation that everything else is probably being acted - that truth may be polluted by hoax - gives this otherwise lightweight film a sly, subversive edge.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 6, 2009
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

Whimsical, solipsistic and self-indulgent, Paper Heart represents everything that is wrong with American independent cinema.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

November 6, 2009
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

A world-beatingly annoying and pointless "docu-romcom".

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 1/5

November 6, 2009
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

The movie's winsome artificiality may drive you bananas.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 2/5

November 6, 2009
Nikki Baughan
Little White Lies

Like Yi herself, the film may seem at times rather na´ve in its outlook, but it's also honest and entertaining.

November 6, 2009
Lara Martin
Digital Spy

Where Paper Heart does shine, however, is in the reflections of the general public and few will fail to be moved by their truly inspiring and heartwarming stories of true love.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 3/5

November 6, 2009
Kevin Harley
Total Film

Yi is a unique tour guide, her deadpan demeanour, embarrassed giggle and horn-rimmed specs generating non-starry appeal.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

November 6, 2009
David Parkinson
Radio Times

An over-arching smugness blights this comic investigation into true love.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 6, 2009
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

Some viewers have found this film adorable but its quirky cuteness was lost on me.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

November 6, 2009
Derek Malcolm
This is London

Either you will find this cheaply made American independent docudrama charming or faintly irritating.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

November 6, 2009
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

The film becomes more bewitching the more it loses direction. Yi stops questioning strangers and starts questioning herself. She also interrogates the ability, or inability, of cinema to follow love into its deepest mazes.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 3/5

November 6, 2009
Anthony Quinn

This indie squib wobbles briefly on a tightrope between sincerity and cuteness before plunging headlong to a death-by-whimsy.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

November 6, 2009
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