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The Paperboy Reviews

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Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
January 26, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Craig Skinner
October 12, 2012
...a calamity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
October 5, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.9/5
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
Simon Gallagher
Film School Rejects
May 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: C+
Tom Clift
October 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
October 2, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013
I'll just get it out of the way now: The Paperboy is unbelievably awful.
Siobhan Synnot
March 10, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
October 2, 2012
Merely, if spiritedly, profane.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
October 12, 2012
The one thread that does run through Daniels' wildly fluctuating, self-indulgent film is a preoccupation with pointless perversity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
October 11, 2012
Lee Daniels proves that "Precious" was a fluke.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
October 3, 2012
The movie as a whole is a rather grim, dismal experience where the elements never quite gel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
October 4, 2012
Ludicrously obsessed with sex to often laughable extremes, it's the rare film that can be described as "horny."
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 4, 2012
It's errant camp, which has the effect of undermining our involvement in the mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike Scott
November 2, 2012
An ugly, disjointed smear of over-the-top melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
James Rocchi
The Playlist
May 24, 2012
A lurid, florid, humid, flaccid and insipid waste of time and money for the audience and for everyone who made it.
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.
Joanna Langfield
The Movie Minute
October 2, 2012
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?
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