Paper Moon Reviews

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September 15, 2018
Shot in black and white by the versatile cinematographer Laszlo Kovacs, this has a mix of folksiness and precise craft that anticipates the Coen brothers, aiming to charm and succeeding.
May 14, 2015
Part of an incredible 1970s career run for the director Peter Bogdanovich, Paper Moon remains a high point, not just for the talent involved behind the scenes and in front of the camera, but also for Hollywood.
August 17, 2010
It is very fussy about period detail, and goes to some length to evoke the dim days of Depression America, while just about everything else is left to slide.
May 13, 2009
It's everything a road picture is supposed to be, a life-changing personal journey, a quest, a bit old-fashioned and a hoot.
March 26, 2009
Tatum O'Neal makes a sensational screen debut.
June 24, 2006
A charming mixture of Hawksian comedy and Fordian lyricism.
July 10, 2019
Peter Bogdanovich, using all of the hootchie-kootchie at his command, plus Ryan O'Neal, and even more importantly, O'Neal's nine year old daughter Tatum, has made an ingratiating comedy.
June 3, 2015
Sweet, playful, reverberant - this is a perfect movie.
September 16, 2013
From its opening monochrome close-up of nine-year-old Addie Loggins at the barely attended outdoor funeral of her mother, Peter Bogdanovich's Depression-era road movie Paper Moon (1973) is dominated by the presence of Tatum O'Neal.
August 15, 2011
A cute little family drama about a young con artist and her father as they build a grifting empire.
January 17, 2011
What's most interesting about Paper Moon is that it has the tone and timbre of a comedy, but the setting and style of the film are somber and more reminiscent of a European art film.
December 18, 2010
Tatum O'Neal's smoke- and booze-filled caper.
August 17, 2010
Bogdanovich's warmest film, featuring charming performances from real-life father and daughter Ryan and Tatum O'Neal.
June 23, 2008
October 18, 2006
Charming Depression-era road movie comedy.
January 10, 2006
Like Bogdanovich's masterpiece, Last Picture Show, this film is at once an evocation of childhood in a specific time and place (story is inspired by a Shirley Temple vehicle) and a commentary on it. Remarkably shot in b/w by ace lenser Laszlo Kovac.
June 8, 2005
The O'Neals are great together, equalled by cinematography, story, direction, acting by all.
May 10, 2005
The film never makes up its mind whether it wants to be an instant antique or a comment on one.
March 9, 2005
October 23, 2004
I wonder how many moviegoers will be prepared for the astonishing confidence and depth that Tatum brings to what's really the starring role.
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