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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Seedy, dirty little secrets

By pedsarq
I enjoyed all the dirty little secrets and flawed characters that drive the plot of this seedy Florida swamp thriller. The story is simple. Two investigative reporters from Miami go to a small town...

The Paperboy

By kaimakan
Worst movie of 2012. Lee Daniels can't direct actors and has no sense of pace or style. Nicole Kidman should take a vacation for embarrassment, Matthew McConaughey destroys all the good will he has...

Good and lurid

By michaeldj68
A lot of critics are hating this movie, but I loved it and so did the friend with whom I saw it. The film is lurid, pulpy, trashy and very interesting. I was horrified and entertained all at once. ...


By Peneflix
This film is so good that even after hours of mental marinating it is impossible to escape the aura of its mastery. Lee Daniels ("Precious") is fearless and at times controversial in his selection...

The Paperboy

By galenmcooper
Dark and disturbing story with award worthing performances by 3 actors who had to have stepped way out of their comfort zone. Zac Efron--intense and emotional, John Cusack--convincingly...

The trailer editor was awesome - the movie...not so much

By aniramer
Saw the trailer and thought, wow, this looks great. The movie - clearly it was adapted from a book, but they missed a bunch. Weirdness abounds (and don't get me wrong, I like weird)...

Great movie

By Pat Rice
I really don't understand why this movie got so many bad reviews. I thought it was a really good flick. The story line was excellent, the climax was good as well as the acting. I think it's the first...

Ok movie...

By Sombrita
I read a few of the reviews on here and curious to go see this movie; as a plus, pro reviewers didn't like it which can be a good sign as a lot of them are part of a 'system' which pushes a certain...

What was the point of this movie?

By elcid74
The acting was well done but the screenplay was a disaster. I walked away wondering what was the point of it all? One of the most disappointing movies I ever saw!...

Not my thing

By Chocevar3
I did not realize how conservative I was until I saw this movie. The actors did a great job playing each character but I was left to wonder how disturbing it actually was once I sat through it. ...

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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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