67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Concentrate instead on the delightful performances. A thespian shoutout goes to Reynolds (his hair bleached bright yellow for the gig) for his jaunty way with a cape, tights, and the hands-on-hip poses of superherodom.
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64

NPR

By Ian Buckwalter
Aided by subtly wounded performances by Daniels and Stone, and a surprisingly affecting comic turn from Reynolds, Paper Man makes up for many of its shortcomings with an abundance of heart.
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Far from perfect, but it holds your interest as a character study because of strong performances by Daniels and Stone.
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50

Wall Street Journal

Quirky. Wacky. Offbeat. Outré. The words that come to mind regarding Paper Man might prompt you run in the opposite direction. And perhaps you should, except for the performances of Jeff Daniels and Emma Stone.
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40

Boxoffice Magazine

By Pete Hammond
Too introverted and gimmicky for its own good.
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40

Time Out New York

Fine performers can’t salvage a toxically precious script, though Stone (Zombieland), with her disarming poise, makes a go of it.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Overly analytical, cutesy comedy-drama.
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Paper Man is a bad idea, and the film, despite a few brave and good performances, never recovers from awkwardness of its premise.
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25

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
Instead of the feel-good comedy they intended, you are left with the suspicion that the movie is really about a man suffering from an undiagnosed mental illness for which there is no cure.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
What we have in this film is a whole lot of nothing, and the little that's there is irritating.
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37 out of 100
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