• R, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Lee Daniels
  • In Theaters:    Oct 5, 2012 Limited
  • On DVD:    Jan 22, 2013
  • Millenium Films

The Paperboy Reviews

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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-
David 'Mad Dog' Bradley
Rip It Up
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
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
Jim Schembri
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
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
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
Ashley Clark
Little White Lies
March 14, 2013

A sleazy, overstuffed and terribly directed mess. But never boring and occasionally jaw-dropping.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Sky Movies
March 13, 2013

Hot stuff.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
March 13, 2013

Sweaty, sleazy and gloriously trashy, this is a thoroughly enjoyable slice of Southern-fried neo-noir with stylish direction, a delightfully twisted script and a trio of terrific performances from Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andy Lea
Daily Star
March 12, 2013

Daniels probably makes the mistake of putting character and atmosphere ahead of plot. But with a cast like this you can hardly blame him.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
March 10, 2013

Watch it with Killer Joe for the ultimate sweaty, twisted double-bill.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
March 3, 2013

Everything about The Paperboy seems designed to undermine expectations and the result is an exhilaratingly unpredictable film.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Simon Miraudo
February 25, 2013

On their first meeting in prison, [Hillary] demands [Charlotte] put on a sex show of sorts in front of everyone. She obliges. Look, dating is tough.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
February 25, 2013

But what does it have going for it? It has an undeniable pulse.

Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
February 24, 2013

Nicole Kidman is enthralling in this swampy, deranged neo-noir set in the American south.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
John Nugent
The Skinny
February 20, 2013

The Paperboy hints at something great, but squint past the trickles of perspiration and you're left wanting.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Graham
Total Film
February 17, 2013

The Paperboy is a throwback to the exploitation cinema of its period. As such, it's grungy, tasteless and hard to take your eyes off.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Clay Cane
December 7, 2012

'The Paperboy' is a film that will get the respect it deserves years later. One day, film schools will dissect the movie and marvel at the flick's wondrous deconstruction of race, gender and class.

Full Review | Original Score: A
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