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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
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.
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 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 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
March 14, 2013
At least The Paperboy delivers plenty of memorable moments - even if you may wish you hadn't seen many of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 14, 2013
A sleazy, overstuffed and terribly directed mess. But never boring and occasionally jaw-dropping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 13, 2013
Hot stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 13, 2013
Sweaty, sleazy and gloriously trashy, this is a thoroughly enjoyable slice of Southern-fried neo-noir with stylish direction, a delightfully twisted script and a trio of terrific performances from Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 12, 2013
Daniels probably makes the mistake of putting character and atmosphere ahead of plot. But with a cast like this you can hardly blame him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 10, 2013
Watch it with Killer Joe for the ultimate sweaty, twisted double-bill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 3, 2013
Everything about The Paperboy seems designed to undermine expectations and the result is an exhilaratingly unpredictable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 25, 2013
On their first meeting in prison, [Hillary] demands [Charlotte] put on a sex show of sorts in front of everyone. She obliges. Look, dating is tough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 25, 2013
But what does it have going for it? It has an undeniable pulse.
February 24, 2013
Nicole Kidman is enthralling in this swampy, deranged neo-noir set in the American south.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 20, 2013
The Paperboy hints at something great, but squint past the trickles of perspiration and you're left wanting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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