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.
November 9, 2016
The Paperboy doesn't deliver.
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. 

June 28, 2013
I'll just get it out of the way now: The Paperboy is unbelievably awful.
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 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.
March 16, 2013
What a cast. What a disappointment.
March 15, 2013
It may yet become a camp classic, if no other kind.
March 15, 2013
The plotting is disjointed, the execution feels incoherent and none of it makes a great deal of sense.
March 15, 2013
With Precious and The Paperboy, Daniels has confirmed his status as the most emotionally incontinent director of his generation.
March 14, 2013
It's difficult to know what's going on, and even harder to care.
March 14, 2013
So bad it isn't even good-bad.
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 ...
February 22, 2013
A more catchy and meaningful title for The Paperboy might have been Swamp Fiction, a near-noir drama set in Lately and the nearby Florida swamps
February 22, 2013
Constantly edgy and fascinating to watch, The Paperboy is stronger in its parts than as a whole, mostly due to the script that never fully satisfies, relying on the shock value of the elements. Muddy dialogue also detracts
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.
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