Paper Towns

Critics Consensus

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.

57%

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Total Count: 136

47%

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User Ratings: 32,950
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Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green ("The Fault in Our Stars"), PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears--leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship--and true love. (C) Fox

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Cast

Nat Wolff
as Quentin Jacobsen
Cara Delevingne
as Margo Roth Spiegelman
Halston Sage
as Lacey Pemberton
Austin Abrams
as Ben Starling
Cara Buono
as Mrs. Jacobsen
Caitlin Carver
as Becca Arrington
Mehmet Korhan
as Beer Bong Guy
RJ Shearer
as Chuck Parsons
Cameron Mills
as Trick or Treater
Josiah Cerio
as Young Quentin
Susan Macke Miller
as Mrs. Spiegelman
Graham Hunt
as Student
Jim R. Coleman
as Det. Warren
Tom Hillmann
as Mr. Spiegelman
Jay Duplass
as English Teacher
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Critic Reviews for Paper Towns

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (33)

  • Paper Towns is a breathtakingly vanilla adaptation of another soppy novel from The Fault in Our Stars author John Green.

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

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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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.

    Aug 14, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Paper Towns is way outside the US tradition of high-school movies that are funny and sharp.

    Aug 13, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Paper Towns is too nice. And that is, coincidentally, also the problem its hero has been facing.

    Aug 7, 2015
  • This is sensitive and often winning in its depiction of adolescent behavior; the characters speak openly about their vulnerabilities, which makes them sympathetic.

    Jul 30, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Paper Towns is an exercise in artifice.

    Jul 26, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | 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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • 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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