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½ November 1, 2016
Great ensemble cast and non stop laughs. Michael Keaton anchors this world of second-rate newspapermen who wants to tackle the big story of the day, and a very crazy day it is for all involved.
December 31, 2015
Hectic but alrightee. Glenn Close was just awesome.
December 15, 2015
Fast paced and often comical. 'The Paper' works due to a great lead role of Michael Keaton and excellent supporting cast.
½ November 14, 2015
A great cast. A vivid and realistic portrayal of the media industry.
Super Reviewer
½ July 12, 2015
With this cast this should have been better.
June 13, 2015
Far from Ron Howard's best (which for me will always be Parenthood), but a good, interesting movie never-the-less, although a rather idealized view of newspaper reporter's ethics. Great cast does well and then there's Clint Howard, who would never work except for his brother's films.
June 5, 2015
Great depiction of a day at a newsroom. Superb performances by Keaton, Tomei and Close.
May 25, 2015
I'm the baby at the end born from Marisa Tomei.
March 15, 2015
A frenetic, high energy, riot for Keaton and the cast which is very funny and a good time at the movies
½ January 24, 2015
One of my favorite movies
November 20, 2014
The cast is great and Howard's direction is not overly sentimental about stuff he would normally glop syrup over but the script is mediocre, at best. It's still far better than you would expect and that's not saying nothing.
October 15, 2014
"The Paper" takes place in a time not so long ago before the Internet and 24 hour news channels were the norm in breaking news stories, and newspapers were still king. It's a fast-paced, funny and exciting mix of equal parts comedy and drama, and both fit together comfortably in this well-balanced film.

Ron Howard has turned into one of the most reliable directors working today, and I think the thing that I find the most refreshing about his career is that he rarely makes the same film twice. He's comfortable working in almost any genre, and this is yet another winner for him. It gives the uninitiated an unbeatable glimpse into the world of newspapers, even though I'm sure this is greatly exaggerated to up the entertainment value for the viewer.

The central story hooks you, and this wonderful ensemble cast sells it. The lead role is a perfect fit for Michael Keaton's unique brand of manic energy, and it's always a pleasure to see Robert Duvall work in almost anything. Screenwriters David and Stephen Koepp do a nice job of balancing all the different subplots to give us an idea of the stress faced by newspaper editors, but things get a little lost in the shuffle towards the end.

With the medical crisis and the unnecessary showdown between Randy Quaid and Jason Alexander, the film loses its focus. Thankfully, it happens so late in the film that it really doesn't affect it much. "The Paper" remains s small but pleasurable gem, an overlooked film that deserves a wider audience.
July 20, 2014
Well written with engaging characters but the central conflict of the story just isn't interesting enough to keep the audience engaged, and labeling it a comedy is being generous
½ July 13, 2014
It's a sweaty day at the office, as a newspaper editor (Keaton) frantically tries to get through the day while juggling a pregnant wife, a job interview, and a breaking story. The ensemble cast is entertaining to watch, even when the Koepp brothers' script is overwrought to the point of becoming exhausting. Still, it remains gripping stuff with some surprisingly dramatic moments amid the newsroom shenanigans, skillfully enhanced by Randy Newman's score.
May 31, 2014
Perhaps Ron Howard's most overlooked film with great energy. Wonderful performances (even from Clint!), a witty sharp script and engaging direction. "God forbid this newspaper runs a headline without an exclamation mark!"
½ December 26, 2013
One of the best Ron Howard films.
December 26, 2013
My Favorite Comedy Film Is 1933's Duck Soup.
Super Reviewer
August 31, 2013
Bernie: Well, you're in management now. If everybody loved you, you'd be doing something wrong.

"A behind-the-line look at work, marriage, and other forms of combat."

The Paper is a decent workplace, comedy/drama from Ron Howard that features a long and impressive cast. While this movie doesn't quite leap off the screen at you, it was still pretty good in it's own right. Normally Ron Howard tends to be pretty hit and miss, and with this one, it's right on the edge of being either hit or miss. It's not good enough to call it a clear success, but it is good enough to say that he didn't miss. 

Henry is an editor at the New York Sun newspaper and he has a busy day ahead of him. He has an interview at the Sentinel, which is offering him a job that would pay more. He also is trying figure out how to put together a worthy cover story after missing on yesterday's. He has to fight time, a pregnant wife, a colleague, and still manage to get the paper out on time and make sure he's running the correct story.

While The Paper may come off as just another dull and unexciting workplace movie, I somehow found just enough enjoyment from it. It had just enough funny and smart parts to make up for a lot of dull and boring parts. The movie kind of plays like a lesser and lighter form of Broadcast News. 

I'm gonna give this one a mild recommendation. The movie is most worth it for the cast. Although no one is giving one of the best performances of their careers, this huge and star studded cast makes seeing this movie worth it. Michael Keaton, Robert Duvall, Marisa Tomei, Glenn Close, Randy Quaid, and many more faces you'll be sure to recognize. 
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