Paper Moon
Paper Moon (1973)

A bible salesman teams up with an orphan girl to form a money-making con team in Depression-era Kansas.

Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 12, 2003
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Expertly balancing tones, Paper Moon is a deft blend of film nostalgia and finely tuned performances -- especially from Tatum O'Neal, who won an Oscar for her debut.

Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

It is very fussy about period detail, and goes to some length to evoke the dim days of Depression America, while just about everything else is left to slide.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A charming mixture of Hawksian comedy and Fordian lyricism.

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Anton Bitel
Film4

From its opening monochrome close-up of nine-year-old Addie Loggins at the barely attended outdoor funeral of her mother, Peter Bogdanovich's Depression-era road movie Paper Moon (1973) is dominated by the presence of Tatum O'Neal.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's everything a road picture is supposed to be, a life-changing personal journey, a quest, a bit old-fashioned and a hoot.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The film never makes up its mind whether it wants to be an instant antique or a comment on one.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A cute little family drama about a young con artist and her father as they build a grifting empire.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Tatum O'Neal makes a sensational screen debut.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

I wonder how many moviegoers will be prepared for the astonishing confidence and depth that Tatum brings to what's really the starring role.

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

What's most interesting about Paper Moon is that it has the tone and timbre of a comedy, but the setting and style of the film are somber and more reminiscent of a European art film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Addie Loggins: She always has to go to the bathroom. She must have a bladder the size of a peanut.  A favorite of mine will always be this nice, little road… More
Morgan Salem
Love Tatum O'neal and her dad! They are great. Its a classic. You must SEE IT!
AJ Verser
Father Ryan O'Neal teams up with his daughter Tatum for this comedy adventure set in the 30s. The story is good, it's fun, and very funny too. I… More
Jennifer D
HOW have I NEVER seen this movie before?? Correction: How the HELL have I have never seen this movie before?? This film was fabulous!! I know Tatum O'Neal… More
Spencer S.
Tatum swings into acting and comes out the other side to shock us all. I don't think Ryan could have played her traveling companion any better.
Randy Tippy
Depression era con-man Moses Pray (Ryan O'Neil) reluctantly accepts the responsibility of transporting orphaned Addie Loggins (Tatum O'Neil) from her… More