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Jason Bailey
May 3, 2016
The inside-baseball feel of the newsroom material (co-writer Stephen Koepp did time in the trenches) is what makes 'The Paper' sing.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 9, 2013
It's clear right away that The Paper benefits substantially from Keaton's typically stellar turn as the central character...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
October 6, 2006
An overwrought, hysterical drama about the newspaper business that doesn't begin to compare to Hollywood's classics of the genre (The Front Page). The film has an absurdly frantic pace but it's so romantically naive and unsubtle that nothing registers
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
September 28, 2005
One of Ron Howard's most underrated films.
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
March 23, 2005
A great ensemble cast
| Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
July 28, 2003
Not a bad view of the inner-workings at a daily
| Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
Does it show how newspapers really work? Not really, but who cares? It is great fun, even if it is overdone.
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
December 21, 2002
Enjoyable, if utterly unrealistic look at journalism
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 20, 2002
Incisively depicts the ways in which busyness, speed and constant pressure violate our souls in the workplace.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
The picture starts to fall in love with its subject -- head- over-heels in love, until the acid drains from the wit and there's nothing left but sentimental ooze.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 6, 2001
It's all slick, fizzy fun. But the film's fighting spirit gets snatched.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
A crowd pleaser, and, regardless of any viewer's experience (or lack thereof) with the behind-the-scenes wrangling that goes on in newspaper offices, the story is affable and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Watching The Paper got me in touch all over again with how good it feels to work at the top of your form, on a story you believe in, on deadline.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Brown
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Thanks to a caffeinated cast and hyperactive script, director Ron Howard delivers The Paper with a bang.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Perfectly captures the hubbub of the nation's newsrooms.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
I think the movie ultimately is not a comedy -- although it is extremely funny. This is a first rate drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The characterizations, the eccentricities, the feverish sense of pursuing a deadline story and an awful lot of other particulars that show just how defiantly dedicated and frenetically frenzied the members of the fourth estate can be, are dead on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 1, 2000
Entertaining, extremely informative, rapidly-paced film that literally puts you on the front lines with the cast and crew who fabricate the news stories which we read in our newspapers every day.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
It's a bit too busy and precocious for its own good, but still has enough of a charming throwback quality that I was willing to forgive many of its flaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Dragan Antulov
January 1, 2000
A film that should be recommended as skillfully done example of almost forgotten dramatic subgenre.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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