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The Paperboy Reviews

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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] can't find his directorial bearings.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 26, 2013
Lee Daniels' The Paperboy is a steamy, sweaty and trashy piece of cinema that rarely gets by on its filthy and wild performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 12, 2012
...a calamity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 5, 2012
You know when a get a burrito at Qdoba or Chiptole and they put too much deliciousness in there and you try to eat it and it just falls into a mess? Kinda like this movie. It's a burrito that should've been double wrapped.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.9/5
March 15, 2013
With Precious and The Paperboy, Daniels has confirmed his status as the most emotionally incontinent director of his generation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
May 26, 2012
Despite some fine performances, The Paperboy is a tale of a director getting in the way of fine source material with an artistic agenda that is muddled and inarticulate.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 8, 2012
Lewd, ludicrous and utterly convinced of its own gritty artistic merit, The Paperboy's closest cinematic cousin may very well be Paul Verhoeven's Showgirls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 2, 2012
The Paperboy deserves to be seen for its pulpy, well-executed excess, but as a filmmaker, Lee Daniels seems ignorant of how the shocks distract from the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 28, 2013
I'll just get it out of the way now: The Paperboy is unbelievably awful.
March 10, 2013
Missing is any sense of urgency about the murder case it is supposed to be investigating. Also missing is coherence, and any sense that this profane potboiler deserves much more than some disbelieving snorts ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 15, 2013
It may yet become a camp classic, if no other kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 2, 2012
Merely, if spiritedly, profane.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 12, 2012
The one thread that does run through Daniels' wildly fluctuating, self-indulgent film is a preoccupation with pointless perversity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
October 11, 2012
Lee Daniels proves that "Precious" was a fluke.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 3, 2012
The movie as a whole is a rather grim, dismal experience where the elements never quite gel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 4, 2012
Ludicrously obsessed with sex to often laughable extremes, it's the rare film that can be described as "horny."
October 4, 2012
It's errant camp, which has the effect of undermining our involvement in the mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 2, 2012
An ugly, disjointed smear of over-the-top melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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