The Paper
The Paper (1994)

David and Stephen Koepp wrote this comedy-drama which covers 24 hours in the life of a New York newspaper. Score by Randy Newman.

Rated: R
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Release Date: November 1, 1998
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
88%
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User Score
65%



Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Fast and frenetic, The Paper captures the energy of the newsroom thanks to its cast and director on first-rate form.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Perfectly captures the hubbub of the nation's newsrooms.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

It's clear right away that The Paper benefits substantially from Keaton's typically stellar turn as the central character...

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

It's all slick, fizzy fun. But the film's fighting spirit gets snatched.

Joe Brown
Washington Post

Thanks to a caffeinated cast and hyperactive script, director Ron Howard delivers The Paper with a bang.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

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.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

One of Ron Howard's most underrated films.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Bernie: Well, you're in management now. If everybody loved you, you'd be doing something wrong. "A behind-the-line look at work, marriage, and… More
Bradley Wright
The Paper ended up being much better than I thought. It takes a boring subject like news and made it interesting and also showed me the inside work of a… More
Dean McKenna
Great ensemble comedy-drama about a New York Daily tabloid newspaper with Michael Keaton as an editor who has a few hours to get the scoop on a murder and stop… More
Sunil Jawahir
Incredibly dated but the solid cast keeps in interesting.
jay nixon
With this cast this should have been better.
Leo L
Good movie.

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