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The Paperboy Reviews

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September 5, 2017
Fetid, scuzzy, revolting, funny, erotic, perplexing and provocative, it's like the bastard child of Cape Fear, Written On The Wind and Killer Joe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 14, 2017
If you like that freaky, perverted feeling of spying on an even bigger freak show, you will find this film both fascinating and horrible to watch.
November 9, 2016
Daniels turns out to be the ideal director for a film about the tendency of desire to turn sane minds to guacamole.
November 9, 2016
[Daniels] can't find his directorial bearings.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 9, 2016
The Paperboy doesn't deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 10, 2016
The Paperboy is not all bad, but it isn't all good either. I'm not quite sure what Daniels wanted his audience to walk away with.
August 4, 2013
There's something undeniably compelling about the cast's daringly go-for-broke performances... but Daniels fragments the narrative and throws in so many tricksy directorial touches that the whole thing becomes an annoyingly indulgent mess.
July 21, 2013
The sweaty, lurid, self-serious nonsense is hard to take seriously, but I'll say this much for the film: it ain't boring. 

Full Review | Original Score: C
June 28, 2013
I'll just get it out of the way now: The Paperboy is unbelievably awful.
May 26, 2013
If you're bothered by frequent utterances of the "N-word" and the sight of Kidman spreading her talent - and her gams - wider than Sharon Stone in 'Basic Instinct,' you're gonna wanna look away from this sick, sizzling display.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 2, 2013
While there's much here about family loyalty and a 'don't mess with the swamp' aspect, Daniels' film has nevertheless been most discussed for its sex stuff, with every character having some sleazy secret or a scene devoted to their raunchy pleasure.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 23, 2013
A seething, swampy murder investigation infused with the sweaty smell of bodies and driven by a casual force that is seductively unstable, darkly funny and strangely exhilarating. Daniels is a visionary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 20, 2013
The Paperboy is flawed, more deserving of a rubbernecking than a viewing. But it's hard to tear your eyes away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 20, 2013
You certainly couldn't accuse anyone involved in The Paperboy of playing it safe, and for this reason, Lee Daniels' film is one to file under misjudged must-sees.
March 19, 2013
( ... ) a film that captivates, puzzles and loses its own sense of direction in equal measure
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 17, 2013
Judging by her edgier scenes [Nicole] Kidman is clearly uninterested in currying any favour at the multiplex. And all credit to her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 17, 2013
Wastes an exceptional cast on an incoherent tale ...
March 17, 2013
There is a certain trashy appeal, but in the end it's all too random to really mean anything. Apart from the cast, The Paperboy just doesn't deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 16, 2013
What a cast. What a disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 15, 2013
Filmmaker Daniels follows up his acclaimed hit Precious with what might be the trashiest movie in recent memory: a swampy thriller packed with desperate characters hiding grisly secrets.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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