Paper Towns

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Paper Towns isn't as deep or moving as it wants to be, yet it's still earnest, well-acted, and thoughtful enough to earn a place in the hearts of teen filmgoers of all ages.

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Young and shy Quentin (Nat Wolff) is in for the night of his life when Margo (Cara Delevingne), the most popular student in high school, recruits him to help her play mischievous pranks on the friends who betrayed her. The next day, however, the mysterious Margo is nowhere to be found. With help from a few buddies and some cryptic clues that she left behind, Quentin embarks on an obsessive mission to find the girl who stole his heart and made him feel truly alive.

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Nat Wolff
Quentin Jacobsen
Cara Delevingne
Margo Roth Spiegelman
Halston Sage
Lacey Pemberton
Austin Abrams
Ben Starling
Cara Buono
Connie Jacobsen
Josiah Cerio
Young Quentin
John Green
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Isaac Klausner
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Nan Morales
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Scott Neustadter
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Michael H. Weber
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Critic Reviews for Paper Towns

All Critics (139) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (80) | Rotten (59)

  • I like everything about Paper Towns except for its premise and central romance. Yes, I know those sort of seem like dealbreakers, but the things I liked about Paper Towns marginally outweighed the things I didn't like. Marginally.

    June 12, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film is thankfully shorn of the sentimentality which weighed down The Fault in Our Stars.

    August 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Paper Towns is a breathtakingly vanilla adaptation of another soppy novel from The Fault in Our Stars author John Green.

    August 20, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

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  • Paper Towns is particularly good at pinpointing that certain point in teenage male friendships where the guys are getting older, but they still sometimes resort to silly voices and goofy humor when the girls aren't around.

    August 14, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Wolff has something, Delevingne has something, and no doubt the book had something, too - its devotees should find enough here to warm to, while the rest of us look on slightly bemused.

    August 13, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Paper Towns is way outside the US tradition of high-school movies that are funny and sharp.

    August 13, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Paper Towns

  • Apr 08, 2016
    Paper Towns is a coming-of-age film that kind of has some mix messages. The story follows a high school senior who goes in search of his next door neighbor and unrequited love Margo when she disappears one day, believing that she has left clues to where she has gone, but to succeed he'll need help from his friends. The performances are pretty good and the writing does an impressive job at following the teen comedy format without being too cliché. Also, the dialog is rather witty and there's a positive message about friendship and living life uninhibited. However, the film doesn't distinguish a right or a wrong way to get to a free life, and seems to idealize the Margo character who coldly casts off friends and family for her own selfish ends. It's a bit muddled in what it's trying to say, but overall Paper Towns is a fun and entertaining teen romance.
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  • Dec 23, 2015
    Starts off with so much potential, but just ends up being shitty. I have no idea how the book is, but the ending is terrible...what an incredible letdown. It essentially makes the story pointless...yeah, she helped him to live his life more adventurously, but he already had that. This movie holds Margo up as some kind of hero/antihero, but honestly, she's just a complete fuckup who is a bad influence on those around her. She's kind of like Chris McCandless from Into the Wild, but with less purpose, and even less of a plan (not to mention far less likable). Margo has no plan, no money, no skills, and no self-discipline. The movie glosses over this, and romanticizes it, but she's basically just a drifter, and honestly, yes, she could end up finding her dreams, but she's more than likely to end up dead shortly after the movie's end.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2015
    I expected a typical rom com so the fact it threw me a curve ball was brilliant. One of the better film adaptations but definitely far from great. A few too many clichés hurt the film instead of strengthening it.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2015
    I actually found this really ordinary. Coming of age boys story about three dorky teen males with the story focusing on two females - the dark soul who has run away to find herself and a shallow pretty girl who I'm sure is meant to be relatable, but she bored me with her trivial problems. Pissed off her best friend by dating the guy she liked and lost best friend and date to prom in one fell swoop. Boo hoo hoo. Maybe I'm just too old for this stuff. I read Fault in our stars and I thought it was amazing for a YA. Didn't love the movie though. Since then, I tried and failed to read a second book by this author, and now this dud film. I don't think these books and movies are for me...
    Nicki M Super Reviewer

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