The Paperboy Reviews

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March 20, 2013
The Paperboy is flawed, more deserving of a rubbernecking than a viewing. But it's hard to tear your eyes away.
March 15, 2013
It may yet become a camp classic, if no other kind.
March 14, 2013
A sleazy, overstuffed and terribly directed mess. But never boring and occasionally jaw-dropping.
October 26, 2012
"The Paperboy" is one of those rare examples where you might wish the movie was less faithful to the book.
October 19, 2012
Yes, it's a dizzying stew set to boil.
October 19, 2012
The Paperboy is southern Gothic wallowing in the swamp of low camp. And if the wallowing were deliberate, this might have been hugely funny.
October 18, 2012
The Paperboy bears some promise as a good-bad movie, but it unfolds as a bad-bad one.
October 11, 2012
It's a movie that seems to have a mild form of heatstroke: it's blurry, as if filmed long ago, and feverish, and the story wanders all over the place as if lost in a bayou. When it's over, you want to wipe your brow.
October 11, 2012
The Paperboy is over-the-top every which way you look.
October 11, 2012
This one has it all: sex, violence, torture, incest, jellyfish attacks, telekinetic masturbation, Nicole Kidman peeing on Zac Efron and a gator gutted in revolting close-up.
October 11, 2012
This is just the sort of movie certain people are hoping to see when they go to the movies but would never say they go to the movies for.
October 8, 2012
It's a good story about people who are not what they seem, about identity wavering in the heat-a true swamp tale-but the movie is messily ineffective.
October 5, 2012
Simple ugly trash.
October 5, 2012
The entire cast of "The Paperboy" glistens with a golden sheen, as if they've been sprayed with Pam cooking oil.
October 5, 2012
'The Paperboy" can't decide whether to be an unfunny sex comedy, a half-hearted detective story or a woeful race drama - so it decides to be all three ...
October 4, 2012
The movie is definitely a mess.
October 4, 2012
There is so much grit in Kidman and McConaughey's performances, it's a lot for Efron to stand up to, but he does a good job of giving Jack a cocky innocence that is disarming.
October 4, 2012
Daniels' deft adaptation of Pete Dexter's 1996 novel is even more disturbing on screen than on the page. It's a Southern Gothic noir thriller with a terrific ensemble cast.
Top Critic
October 4, 2012
Some of The Paperboy's missteps would be forgivable if Daniels delivered them with any conviction, but he doesn't seem capable of it.
October 4, 2012
Ludicrously obsessed with sex to often laughable extremes, it's the rare film that can be described as "horny."
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