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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"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."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"A charming mixture of Hawksian comedy and Fordian lyricism."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Tatum O'Neal's smoke- and booze-filled caper."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"Like Bogdanovich's masterpiece, Last Picture Show, this film is at once an evocation of childhood in a specific time and place (story is inspired by a Shirley Temple vehicle) and a commentary on it. Remarkably shot in b/w by ace lenser Laszlo Kovac."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's everything a road picture is supposed to be, a life-changing personal journey, a quest, a bit old-fashioned and a hoot."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The film never makes up its mind whether it wants to be an instant antique or a comment on one."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A cute little family drama about a young con artist and her father as they build a grifting empire."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Bogdanovich's warmest film, featuring charming performances from real-life father and daughter Ryan and Tatum O'Neal."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The O'Neals are great together, equalled by cinematography, story, direction, acting by all."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Tatum O'Neal makes a sensational screen debut."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"I wonder how many moviegoers will be prepared for the astonishing confidence and depth that Tatum brings to what's really the starring role."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Charming Depression-era road movie comedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The film's documentary feel meshes perfectly with the sweet cynicism of the characters."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
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