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Paper Heart Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Karina Longworth
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 1/5
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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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 20, 2009
[An] unbearably twee mockumentary about the meaning of love.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 19, 2009
Paper Heart gets by on easygoing charm, rather like Yi herself, whose low-fi comedy is built upon us rooting for her, perhaps hoping that surely there's more magnetism to her than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 13, 2009
Cute? If you say so. Funny? If I had a nickel for every time I laughed, I'd have a dime.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 13, 2009
This movie may be sickly sweet, but it's harmless; and as a handcrafted antidote to a toxic toy story like G.I.Joe, Paper Heart has healing properties.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
August 10, 2009
It felt completely inauthentic.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
August 10, 2009
There's a lot to love here.
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
August 9, 2009
Yi's overgrown geek girl shines, but tellingly, none of her best scenes have anything to do with holding hands with Cera,
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
August 7, 2009
This breach with the audience does matter, for it is one thing to seduce your viewers and quite another to trick them. Love is all about trust, after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 7, 2009
Funny, passionate and honest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
August 7, 2009
Paper Heart manages to work the meta mostly magically thanks to the sensibility brought by Yi, whose stand-up persona blends a childlike naiveté with an almost perpetual state of shy embarrassment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 7, 2009
Slight, silly, sweet and, yes, quirky, Paper Heart doesn't really have a whole lot to say, but it says it in a unique and inventive way.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
August 7, 2009
Only intermittently engaging and too timid to be satisfactorily funny or insightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 7, 2009
Even the most cynical are likely to be won over by the unassuming charms of Paper Heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 7, 2009
It's all kind of silly and amorphous, but the scenes between Yi and Cera, whether or not they were scripted, have a babes-in-the-wood loveliness.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 7, 2009
Unlike the sublime (500) Days of Summer, which also had to do with young romance, ambivalence and rethinking the notion of happy endings, Paper Heart never transcends its twee, hyper-self-aware niche.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 7, 2009
Your appreciation for this shaggy dog project will probably depend on your enjoyment of Yi as a screen presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 6, 2009
Fact and fiction intermingle in Paper Heart, but discovering where the line is drawn is the tricky part.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 6, 2009
Enjoying this wondrous wisp of a something is easy, describing it is hard. Luckily, Charlyne Yi is an enchantress.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 6, 2009
Every beat of Yi's manufactured crisis of faith feels as pre-programmed in its own way as a Michael Bay movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 6, 2009
A quasi-documentary about love that is sweet, true and perhaps a little deceptive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 5, 2009
This diverting riff is as much a spoof of film-school self-seriousness as it is a sincere art project, enhanced by Yi's great, homemade puppets.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
August 5, 2009
A "hybrid documentary" that bemusedly blurs the line between fact and fiction.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
August 5, 2009
These people are touchingly, often humorously frank about their most profound interpersonal connections, offering a range of definitions of love -- although the pic stacks the deck by keeping Yi the only real skeptic on hand.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 5, 2009
Paper Heart is way more innovative than the formulaic romantic comedie s that all too often trek through the multiplex, and a much-needed refreshing change.
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
August 4, 2009
Cera begins ingratiating himself into Yi's quest, but that part of the story is doomed from jump: It's entertaining for a moment, but hardly as enlightening or endearing as the from-the-heart moments surrounding it.