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Director Ron Howard's drama follows a beleaguered reporter during a hectic 24 hours at a New York City tabloid. Michael Keaton stars as Henry Hackett, a metro editor for the struggling New York Sun. Hackett is being wooed by the Sentinel, a more upscale paper, but he's addicted to the adrenaline-stimulating, breakneck pace of the Sun's newsroom, much to the consternation of his pregnant wife Martha (Marisa Tomei. Hackett is currently pursuing a story of two minority youths who have been arrested for the murders of two men. He learns that the police think that the killings may be a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The picture starts to fall in love with its subject -- head- over-heels in love, until the acid drains from the wit and there's nothing left but sentimental ooze."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Perfectly captures the hubbub of the nation's newsrooms."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"It's clear right away that The Paper benefits substantially from Keaton's typically stellar turn as the central character..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A great ensemble cast"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Enjoyable, if utterly unrealistic look at journalism"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"It's all slick, fizzy fun. But the film's fighting spirit gets snatched."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Thanks to a caffeinated cast and hyperactive script, director Ron Howard delivers The Paper with a bang."
‑ Joe Brown, Washington Post
"An overwrought, hysterical drama about the newspaper business that doesn't begin to compare to Hollywood's classics of the genre (The Front Page). The film has an absurdly frantic pace but it's so romantically naive and unsubtle that nothing registers"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Not a bad view of the inner-workings at a daily"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Incisively depicts the ways in which busyness, speed and constant pressure violate our souls in the workplace."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Watching The Paper got me in touch all over again with how good it feels to work at the top of your form, on a story you believe in, on deadline."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A crowd pleaser, and, regardless of any viewer's experience (or lack thereof) with the behind-the-scenes wrangling that goes on in newspaper offices, the story is affable and entertaining."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"One of Ron Howard's most underrated films."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Does it show how newspapers really work? Not really, but who cares? It is great fun, even if it is overdone."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A film that should be recommended as skillfully done example of almost forgotten dramatic subgenre."
‑ Dragan Antulov,
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