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Paper Towns (2015)

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Critic 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.

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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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All Critics (128) | Top Critics (29)

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
Chicago Sun-Times
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Paper Towns is too nice. And that is, coincidentally, also the problem its hero has been facing.

Full Review… | August 7, 2015
BuzzFeed News
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 30, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Paper Towns is an exercise in artifice.

Full Review… | July 26, 2015
ReelViews
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Paper Towns is a movie that I really liked, but I probably would have loved if I'd seen it when I was 13.

Full Review… | July 24, 2015
ChristyLemire.com
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It's the rare movie that can sacrifice the clean lines of fantasy and melodrama for the messiness of ordinary life - that neither burnishes nor condemns the up-down turmoil of the teenage soul, but rather lets it be.

Full Review… | July 24, 2015
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Audience Reviews for Paper Towns

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 Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

This film is not nearly as deep as it thinks it is, and way more annoying than it thinks it isn't. The seemingly forced chemistry and buddy dialogue between the male leads is often cringeworthy, along with a lot of the moments that are supposed to be thought provoking, which end up ringing hollow. Add in the unrealistic plot devices and this movie frustrates on so many levels. Even though this film has its moments, as a whole I'm still not sure why I watched the entire thing.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

½

While films such as "The Spectacular Now" and "The Fault in Our Stars" really bring out the best in the indie-feeling young teen films, "Paper Towns" fails to do so. I was looking forward to viewing this film, but the story definitely misleads you in too many ways for you to really care. Aside from a few great character moments, this film is a bland-fest at best. After one fun night with a childhood friend (Margo Ross Spiegelman) that Quentin had, she leaves town without telling anyone where she is going. Leaving clues, her friends set out on a journey to find her, as Quentin is in love with her and wants to take her to prom. Along the way, we get to know Quentin and Margo's friends even more, which was a terrible thing, because by the end, I cared more about them than I did about them actually finding her. In the end, this film has a poor resolution, cliched writing, and a central story that is not interesting enough. I will say that there are some genuinely touching moments, but too few and far in between. "Paper Towns" is a let down for many reasons.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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