• 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

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Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered

Lee Daniels' The Paperboy is a steamy, sweaty and trashy piece of cinema that rarely gets by on its filthy and wild performances.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 2/5

January 26, 2013
Craig Skinner

...a calamity.

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

October 12, 2012
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know

You know when a get a burrito at Qdoba or Chiptole and they put too much deliciousness in there and you try to eat it and it just falls into a mess? Kinda like this movie. It's a burrito that should've been double wrapped.

Full Review Source: Schmoes Know | Original Score: 2.9/5

October 5, 2012
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

With Precious and The Paperboy, Daniels has confirmed his status as the most emotionally incontinent director of his generation.

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

March 15, 2013
Simon Gallagher
Film School Rejects

Despite some fine performances, The Paperboy is a tale of a director getting in the way of fine source material with an artistic agenda that is muddled and inarticulate.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: C+

May 26, 2012
Tom Clift

Lewd, ludicrous and utterly convinced of its own gritty artistic merit, The Paperboy's closest cinematic cousin may very well be Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls.

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 8, 2012
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine

The Paperboy deserves to be seen for its pulpy, well-executed excess, but as a filmmaker, Lee Daniels seems ignorant of how the shocks distract from the story.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

October 2, 2012
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine

I'll just get it out of the way now: The Paperboy is unbelievably awful.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 28, 2013
Siobhan Synnot

Missing is any sense of urgency about the murder case it is supposed to be investigating. Also missing is coherence, and any sense that this profane potboiler deserves much more than some disbelieving snorts ...

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

March 10, 2013
David Sexton
This is London

It may yet become a camp classic, if no other kind.

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

March 15, 2013
Eric Hynes
Time Out New York
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Merely, if spiritedly, profane.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

October 2, 2012
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune

The one thread that does run through Daniels' wildly fluctuating, self-indulgent film is a preoccupation with pointless perversity.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

October 12, 2012
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Lee Daniels proves that "Precious" was a fluke.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 11, 2012
James Berardinelli
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The movie as a whole is a rather grim, dismal experience where the elements never quite gel.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 3, 2012
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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Ludicrously obsessed with sex to often laughable extremes, it's the rare film that can be described as "horny."

Full Review Source: The Wrap

October 4, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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It's errant camp, which has the effect of undermining our involvement in the mystery.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 4, 2012
Mike Scott

An ugly, disjointed smear of over-the-top melodrama.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 1/5

November 2, 2012
James Rocchi
The Playlist

A lurid, florid, humid, flaccid and insipid waste of time and money for the audience and for everyone who made it.

Full Review Source: The Playlist

May 24, 2012

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.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 20, 2013
Joanna Langfield
The Movie Minute

I'm all for filmmakers reaching out of their comfort zone, but what's with this insistent attraction to scummy, sweaty lowlifes? Does allowing your crotch to be shown in an unflattering position make you A Serious Artist?

Full Review Source: The Movie Minute

October 2, 2012
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