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Jeff Daniels, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, and Lisa Kudrow headline co-writer/directors Michele and Kieran Mulroney's affectionate comedy drama detailing the unlikely friendship between a failed writer (Daniels) and the Long Island high school girl (Stone) who teaches him what it really means to take responsibility in life. Meanwhile, the author's long-suffering wife casts a disapproving gaze, and an imaginary superhero weighs in with his own take on the unusual bond. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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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