Paper Heart Reviews

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Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International
August 15, 2011
Twee mockumentary bestills love-seeking hipster hearts.
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 27, 2010
Paper Heart doesn't unearth the meaning of 'love' (spoiler alert?) but it at least shows us how real human beings deal with all those confusing emotions that might equal something close to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
August 9, 2010
Ultimately, one doubts that even the parts that seemed real are real, and the entire house-of-cards comes tumbling down.
Dominic Corry
Flicks.co.nz
June 9, 2010
Determining the exact level of artifice never stops being distracting, and the emotional climax is far from earned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Deigman
Fan The Fire
April 15, 2010
There are so many things about the film that could have been annoying (...) but the story is so refreshing and honest that it would be almost impossible to find anything annoying here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adam Lippe
Examiner.com
December 25, 2009
Yi's worldview is best represented by a song she writes for Cera, a Weezer-esque bit of nerd rock called You Smell Like Christmas. At first the song is irritating, but it sticks in your head and just like Paper Heart, the song is annoyingly hummable.
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)
November 13, 2009
It's not the worst cutesy, lo-fi love story you'll ever see, but it's shown up by all those genuine true-life tales. Alongside them, its falseness is too glaring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
November 13, 2009
An extremely irritating, narcissistic picture.
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Sarah Cohen
Time Out
November 6, 2009
The segments featuring real people are genuinely affecting, but the realisation that everything else is probably being acted - that truth may be polluted by hoax - gives this otherwise lightweight film a sly, subversive edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
November 6, 2009
Whimsical, solipsistic and self-indulgent, Paper Heart represents everything that is wrong with American independent cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 6, 2009
A world-beatingly annoying and pointless "docu-romcom".
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
November 6, 2009
The movie's winsome artificiality may drive you bananas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nikki Baughan
Little White Lies
November 6, 2009
Like Yi herself, the film may seem at times rather na´ve in its outlook, but it's also honest and entertaining.
Lara Martin
Digital Spy
November 6, 2009
Where Paper Heart does shine, however, is in the reflections of the general public and few will fail to be moved by their truly inspiring and heartwarming stories of true love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
November 6, 2009
Yi is a unique tour guide, her deadpan demeanour, embarrassed giggle and horn-rimmed specs generating non-starry appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
November 6, 2009
An over-arching smugness blights this comic investigation into true love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
November 6, 2009
Some viewers have found this film adorable but its quirky cuteness was lost on me.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
November 6, 2009
Either you will find this cheaply made American independent docudrama charming or faintly irritating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 6, 2009
The film becomes more bewitching the more it loses direction. Yi stops questioning strangers and starts questioning herself. She also interrogates the ability, or inability, of cinema to follow love into its deepest mazes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
November 6, 2009
This indie squib wobbles briefly on a tightrope between sincerity and cuteness before plunging headlong to a death-by-whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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