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


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The Paperboy Reviews

Page 1 of 7
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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 Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: B-

May 26, 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 Source: Rip It Up | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 2, 2013
Simon Weaving

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 Source: Screenwize | Original Score: 4/5

April 23, 2013
Kate Muir
Times [UK]

The Paperboy is flawed, more deserving of a rubbernecking than a viewing. But it's hard to tear your eyes away.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

March 20, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

( ... ) a film that captivates, puzzles and loses its own sense of direction in equal measure

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 3/5

March 19, 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 Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3/5

March 17, 2013
Rich Cline

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 Source: Contactmusic.com | Original Score: 4/5

March 15, 2013
Alex Zane
Sun Online

At least The Paperboy delivers plenty of memorable moments - even if you may wish you hadn't seen many of them.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 3/5

March 14, 2013
Ashley Clark
Little White Lies

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

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

March 14, 2013

Sky Movies

Hot stuff.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

March 13, 2013
Matthew Turner

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

March 13, 2013
Andy Lea
Daily Star

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 Source: Daily Star | Original Score: 4/5

March 12, 2013
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

March 10, 2013
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 4.5/5

March 3, 2013
Simon Miraudo

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 Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 25, 2013
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)

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

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

February 25, 2013
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald

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

Full Review Source: The Sun Herald | Original Score: 7/10

February 24, 2013
John Nugent
The Skinny

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

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 3/5

February 20, 2013
Jamie Graham
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

February 17, 2013
Clay Cane

'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 Source: BET.com | Original Score: A

December 7, 2012
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