The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
In the spirit of the venture, the entire cast gets down and comes off all the better for it. Both Efron and McConaughey get very messed up physically, and both actors seem stimulated to be playing such flawed characters.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The Paperboy is over-the-top every which way you look.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
I've never seen a movie like this. Not on purpose. Daniels isn't saying he's tasteful. He's just saying that his tasteless trash is as deserving of our attention as the tasteful trash we feel like we have to see. The whole thing's a crazy fantasy, like watching a porno dream it can win the Oscar.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Gator-filled swamps, an ultra-grungy murderer, racial undertones and a sexually charged atmosphere make up the tense and lurid world of The Paperboy.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The Paperboy is great trash, and as Pauline Kael told us, the movies are so seldom great art that if we can't appreciate great trash, we might as well not go at all.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Much of what happens in The Paperboy is so luridly bizarre you can't quite believe what you're seeing.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This hot mess got booed by the snobs at Cannes, but there's no denying its profane energy.
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The Paperboy is a nutty movie in terms of content, but it's also assembled in a demented fashion - there's a sense that literally anything could happen, and that its raunchy, heat-dazed story could wander down any path without regard to sense or an overall narrative.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
It is likely to become an unintended camp classic, something we haven't had since "Showgirls."
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By Scott Tobias
The words "florid" and "inert" are not quite antonyms, but it would nonetheless seem impossible for those two adjectives to apply to the same thing. And yet here comes The Paperboy, a swamp noir so spectacularly incompetent that even the ripest pulp attractions are left to rot in the sun, flies buzzing lazily around them.
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45 out of 100
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