The Paperboy Synopsis
A reporter returns to his Florida hometown to write about a possibly innocent death-row inmate.
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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...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The Paperboy is over-the-top every which way you look.
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75

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...
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75

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...
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75

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...
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67

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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63

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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40

Movieline

By
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...
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20

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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10

NPR

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...
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Rated R | For Strong Sexual Content, Language and Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says not for kids Lurid, depraved, messy crime story with lots of sex.
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