The Paperboy Reviews

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Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 4, 2013
There's something undeniably compelling about the cast's daringly go-for-broke performances... but Daniels fragments the narrative and throws in so many tricksy directorial touches that the whole thing becomes an annoyingly indulgent mess.
Eric D. Snider
July 21, 2013
The sweaty, lurid, self-serious nonsense is hard to take seriously, but I'll say this much for the film: it ain't boring. 

Full Review | Original Score: C
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013
I'll just get it out of the way now: The Paperboy is unbelievably awful.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
If you're bothered by frequent utterances of the "N-word" and the sight of Kidman spreading her talent - and her gams - wider than Sharon Stone in 'Basic Instinct,' you're gonna wanna look away from this sick, sizzling display.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 2, 2013
While there's much here about family loyalty and a 'don't mess with the swamp' aspect, Daniels' film has nevertheless been most discussed for its sex stuff, with every character having some sleazy secret or a scene devoted to their raunchy pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Simon Weaving
April 23, 2013
A seething, swampy murder investigation infused with the sweaty smell of bodies and driven by a casual force that is seductively unstable, darkly funny and strangely exhilarating. Daniels is a visionary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kate Muir
Times [UK]
March 20, 2013
The Paperboy is flawed, more deserving of a rubbernecking than a viewing. But it's hard to tear your eyes away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 20, 2013
You certainly couldn't accuse anyone involved in The Paperboy of playing it safe, and for this reason, Lee Daniels' film is one to file under misjudged must-sees.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
March 19, 2013
( ... ) a film that captivates, puzzles and loses its own sense of direction in equal measure
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 17, 2013
Judging by her edgier scenes [Nicole] Kidman is clearly uninterested in currying any favour at the multiplex. And all credit to her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 17, 2013
Wastes an exceptional cast on an incoherent tale ...
March 17, 2013
There is a certain trashy appeal, but in the end it's all too random to really mean anything. Apart from the cast, The Paperboy just doesn't deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
March 16, 2013
What a cast. What a disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
March 15, 2013
Filmmaker Daniels follows up his acclaimed hit Precious with what might be the trashiest movie in recent memory: a swampy thriller packed with desperate characters hiding grisly secrets.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sexton
This is London
March 15, 2013
It may yet become a camp classic, if no other kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
March 15, 2013
The plotting is disjointed, the execution feels incoherent and none of it makes a great deal of sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
March 15, 2013
With Precious and The Paperboy, Daniels has confirmed his status as the most emotionally incontinent director of his generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
March 14, 2013
It's difficult to know what's going on, and even harder to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
March 14, 2013
At least The Paperboy delivers plenty of memorable moments - even if you may wish you hadn't seen many of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 14, 2013
So bad it isn't even good-bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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