Paper Man
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Paper Man is a comedic drama about an unlikely friendship between Richard, a failed middle-aged novelist who has never quite grown up and Abby, a 17-year-old girl whose role in a family tragedy years earlier has stolen away her youth. Richard has moved to a Long Island beach community for the winter season in order to overcome his writer's block. There, he meets Abby and hires her as a weekly babysitter, even though he has no children. As the season progresses and the warm, quirky friendship between Richard and Abby grows, the two begin to share with each other their dreams and life… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

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"Aided by subtly wounded performances by Daniels and Stone, and a surprisingly affecting comic turn from Reynolds, Paper Man makes up for many of its shortcomings with an abundance of heart."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"What we have in this film is a whole lot of nothing, and the little that's there is irritating."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Primarily charming and peculiarly funny, but dribbles on during the final portion of the film."
‑ Perri Nemiroff,
"It's tough to watch such a glum progression through the familiar, with bits of quirk dissected and bandied about."
‑ Robert Levin, Film School Rejects
"Are we supposed to look upon a guy who comes on to young girls and plies kids with alcohol as some sort of blithe free spirit?"
‑ Kurt Loder, MTV
"The manipulations characters act out with each other are realistic, even if the overlong and not-nearly-twee-enough comedy built around them isn't, making for a movie whose script may have had more merit than its execution. Or not."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"We don't even get a real sense of what kind of writer Richard is, or even if he's any good. It does make a difference, after all, if the novel he can't write is worth writing. A bigger question: Was "Paper Man" worth making?"
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"A flimsy character ephemeral and forgettable as a sheet of paper carried off by a gust of wind."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Jeff Daniels' issues are self-indulgent. But to him, his writer's block and insubstantial life are epic, and the film sides with him more often than not."
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"Emma Stone gives a tour de force over fine performances by Daniels, Kudrow, and Reynolds."
‑ Tony Medley,
"A big Twinkie stuffed with indie-film cliches and glazed with chiming emo guitars."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"Ignore the story of Paper Heart ... Concentrate instead on the delightful performances."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"We're subjected to so much arbitrary quirkiness that the characters' big breakthroughs and breakdowns ring false, accidentally making for some of the film's biggest laughs."
‑ William Goss, Cinematical
"Too introverted and gimmicky for its own good."
‑ Pete Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine
"Love, Long Island style!"
‑ Kam Williams, Sly Fox
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