Written April 24, 2017
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 near a swamp to investigate the sentencing of a man who may have been unjustly accused of murder. The cast of this film is first rate and they all play their challenging roles very well. Unfortunately, the whole of this film isn’t as good as some of the character development that it carries off so well. Efron and Kidman’s characters, for example, are well developed and solidly performed. I would recommend this movie to people who like soaps and daytime drama series; it’s also good for fans of the performers because most of them do a good job. However, there are too many complex issues that come into the story without developing into anything.
Written May 31, 2016
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 been building up, as well as potential Oscar buzz for supporting actor, and Zac Efron needs to either get a new agent or start paying attention to his career choices. The only person to escape this nonsense relatively unscathed is John Cusack. My friend and I were both slack-jawed at how terrible this movie is. Waste of time and money. Miss it with someone you love.
Written July 24, 2016
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 process. "The Paperboy" based on the novel by Pete Dexter is brutally raw and unflinchingly honest, never shying from the taboo. The film commences with "Anita" (pristine, sensitive performance by Macy Gray) narrating the story of the "Janson" newspaper family that she has toiled, for untold years as a maid, cook and anchor...
"The Paperboy" is not for the squeamish; resoundingly gruesome, enough blood to satisfy a coven of thirsty vampires; but unquestionably realistic; characters flawed, but hauntingly real; like the swamps, their murky depths unknown, forever...
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Written May 27, 2016
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. I would see it again to really take in all the imagery. The cinematography looks like the grainy films of the late '60s/early '70s and even incorporates the then popular use of the zoom lens. I liked the relationships between the main characters. In a kooky way they are devoted to each other as messed up as they all are and I found that aspect heart warming in a world of sleaze. especially liked the relationship between Zac Efron's character and the maid who basically raised him. I like the way Zac Efron's character supoorts his brother when he finds out his worst secret. I LOVE Nicole Kidman in this! In years to come her performance will become infamous. Opposing most critics, I say this movie is worth every dollar you spend to see it on the big screen!
Written March 24, 2017
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 pathological, and Matthew McConaughey--an authentic and provocative performance. Niclole Kidman played a character akin to the one in EYES WIDE SHUT.
The directing and the cinematography literally put the the viewer in the swamps.