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Paper Man Reviews

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July 18, 2010
Aided by subtly wounded performances by Daniels and Stone, and a surprisingly affecting comic turn from Reynolds, Paper Man makes up for many of its shortcomings with an abundance of heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.4/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
May 28, 2010
A big Twinkie stuffed with indie-film cliches and glazed with chiming emo guitars.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 28, 2010
Ignore the story of Paper Heart ... Concentrate instead on the delightful performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 23, 2010
An intelligent, meticulously constructed, well-acted movie that has been written to death.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 23, 2010
Paper Man is far from perfect, but it holds your interest as a character study because of strong performances by Daniels and Stone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
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.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
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."
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
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
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
April 20, 2010
An artist-in-crisis piece run through a drab but quirk-conscious indie processor.