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Paper Man Reviews

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April 21, 2010
Husband-and-wife writer-directors Keiran and Michele Mulroney try to smooth over implausibilities with an intrusive emo soundtrack and "dramedic" feints, but the effort is useless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 30, 2010
The manipulations characters act out with each other are realistic, even if the overlong and not-nearly-twee-enough comedy built around them isn't, making for a movie whose script may have had more merit than its execution. Or not.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 23, 2010
Too introverted and gimmicky for its own good.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 25, 2010
We're subjected to so much arbitrary quirkiness that the characters' big breakthroughs and breakdowns ring false, accidentally making for some of the film's biggest laughs.
April 24, 2010
It's tough to watch such a glum progression through the familiar, with bits of quirk dissected and bandied about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 20, 2010
A cross between Greenberg and The Answer Man with a few extra helpings of quirk, Paper Man dully reconfirms that the new millennium's favorite indie-film cliché is the man-child struggling to grow up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 8, 2010
Reaches out for a hug and demands a few tears, but the execution of the film is irritating, making this sensitive picture dishearteningly hopeless and, at least during a few key moments of the feature, seemingly endless.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
April 20, 2010
An artist-in-crisis piece run through a drab but quirk-conscious indie processor.
April 23, 2010
Married screenwriters Kieran and Michelle Mulroney, who are making their directorial debut, try to wed the peculiar to the poignant and they are irreconcilable.
April 23, 2010
An intelligent, meticulously constructed, well-acted movie that has been written to death.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 20, 2010
What we have in this film is a whole lot of nothing, and the little that's there is irritating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 19, 2010
What the film aims to be, I think, is a dry, witty and intimate glimpse into the lives and souls of these misunderstood everyday people, but simply cannot connect
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 23, 2010
Are we supposed to look upon a guy who comes on to young girls and plies kids with alcohol as some sort of blithe free spirit?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 28, 2010
A big Twinkie stuffed with indie-film cliches and glazed with chiming emo guitars.
April 23, 2010
The quirk-laden indie Paper Man brings together a novelist who won't grow up with a sullen teenage girl for mutual wallowing, eccentric high jinks and life lessons but, unfortunately, little reason to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 23, 2010
Jeff Daniels' issues are self-indulgent. But to him, his writer's block and insubstantial life are epic, and the film sides with him more often than not.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 23, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 21, 2010
I can think of no better way to describe Paper Man than the blogger who wrote that the point of this awful movie is "No matter how immature you are, you can always remain married to Lisa Kudrow."
May 5, 2010
A flimsy character study...as ephemeral and forgettable as a sheet of paper carried off by a gust of wind.
Full Review | Original Score: D
May 7, 2010
We don't even get a real sense of what kind of writer Richard is, or even if he's any good. It does make a difference, after all, if the novel he can't write is worth writing. A bigger question: Was "Paper Man" worth making?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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