Paper Heart Reviews

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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
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 14, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 11, 2009
It's easy to see how this quirky, offbeat approach could seem refreshing within the rarefied, hermetic atmosphere of a festival. Elsewhere, however, it comes across as amateurish and considerably less charming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 5, 2009
Paper Heart wallows in that irritating hipster preciousness known as "twee" for nearly its entire running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
August 4, 2009
The questioning yields but modest insights, more along the line of "love is a hard thing to find--when you have it, keep it" than any heretofore undiscovered secret formulas.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
August 14, 2009
Watching Paper Heart isn't a painful process, but it isn't electrifying either.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
August 13, 2009
A confusing tale of love that will have you questioning your love of film making.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Karina Longworth
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
August 10, 2009
It felt completely inauthentic.
Stephen Silver
The Trend
August 17, 2009
The biggest problem is that Yi's quest for love, and understanding of such, simply isn't all that interesting.
| Original Score: 1/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
August 7, 2009
A maddeningly meta blend of documentary and fiction that begs you to admire how precious it is.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 7, 2009
Paper Heart is like a really special five-minute YouTube clip that goes on for an hour and a half.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 13, 2009
The pretend moments call into question the legitimacy of the genuine ones, until it becomes impossible for Paper Heart to make its own point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 7, 2009
Still, the stylistic games reflect Yi and her generation's larger dilemma. Paper Heart is a movie that can't commit about people who don't know how to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 7, 2009
Paper Heart is a cute movie, a little too cute and a little too aware of its own cuteness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 19, 2009
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September 4, 2009

Sydney Morning Herald
October 2, 2009
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