Paper Heart
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Real-life sweethearts Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi star in a fictionalized version of their romance in this indie semi-documentary comedy, written by Yi. Playing themselves, Yi and Cera embark on a scripted version of their own story. In the movie, Yi has agreed to be the subject of a documentary about her quest to discover if love really exists, since she's never experienced it. As part of her participation in the project, she has a film crew follow her around throughout every new development in her love life -- which gets complicated when she starts dating fellow comedian Cera. This… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The segments featuring real people are genuinely affecting, but the realisation that everything else is probably being acted - that truth may be polluted by hoax - gives this otherwise lightweight film a sly, subversive edge."
‑ Sarah Cohen, Time Out
"Cute? If you say so. Funny? If I had a nickel for every time I laughed, I'd have a dime."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Twee mockumentary bestills love-seeking hipster hearts."
‑ Sarah Sluis, Film Journal International
"Determining the exact level of artifice never stops being distracting, and the emotional climax is far from earned."
‑ Dominic Corry,
"It's not the worst cutesy, lo-fi love story you'll ever see, but it's shown up by all those genuine true-life tales. Alongside them, its falseness is too glaring."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"[An] unbearably twee mockumentary about the meaning of love."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"This movie may be sickly sweet, but it's harmless; and as a handcrafted antidote to a toxic toy story like G.I.Joe, Paper Heart has healing properties."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Paper Heart doesn't unearth the meaning of 'love' (spoiler alert?) but it at least shows us how real human beings deal with all those confusing emotions that might equal something close to it."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"There are so many things about the film that could have been annoying (...) but the story is so refreshing and honest that it would be almost impossible to find anything annoying here."
‑ Nick Deigman, Fan The Fire
"An extremely irritating, narcissistic picture."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Paper Heart gets by on easygoing charm, rather like Yi herself, whose low-fi comedy is built upon us rooting for her, perhaps hoping that surely there's more magnetism to her than this."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"It's easy to see how this quirky, offbeat approach could seem refreshing within the rarefied, hermetic atmosphere of a festival. Elsewhere, however, it comes across as amateurish and considerably less charming."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Ultimately, one doubts that even the parts that seemed real are real, and the entire house-of-cards comes tumbling down."
‑ Simon Foster,
"Yi's worldview is best represented by a song she writes for Cera, a Weezer-esque bit of nerd rock called You Smell Like Christmas. At first the song is irritating, but it sticks in your head and just like Paper Heart, the song is annoyingly hummable."
‑ Adam Lippe,
"Whimsical, solipsistic and self-indulgent, Paper Heart represents everything that is wrong with American independent cinema."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
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