Paper Spiders

critic Reviews

, 100% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A coming-of-age drama that thoughtfully handles hard-hitting themes, Paper Spiders is anchored by heartbreaking performances from its leads.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    The screenplay from Natalie Shampanier is astute and purposeful. "Paper Spiders" doesn't put a happy face on any of this, but it does instill hope and understanding.
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    Guy LodgeVariety
    If the film's flirtations with full-tilt melodrama occasionally strain credibility, a pair of intuitive, thoughtfully inhabited performances pull proceedings back from the edge every time.
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    Katie WalshLos Angeles Times
    Personal experience brings a rare honesty and authenticity to this film about mental illness.
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    Teo BugbeeNew York Times
    It is a pleasure to see Lili Taylor sink her teeth into a starring role, and she plays her character's manic descent with a palpable and heartbreaking practicality.
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    Sheri LindenHollywood Reporter
    A sensitive blend of YA, PSA and nuanced characterizations.
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    Trent NeelyBattle Royale With Cheese
    Paper Spiders is a film that thoroughly, honestly and empathetically looks at mental illness and many of its ramifications.
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    Pamela PowellReel Honest Reviews
    "Paper Spiders" finds a way to open our eyes and our hearts to better comprehend the need for education, services, and neighbors to look out for one another.
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    Tara McNamaraCommon Sense Media
    With Taylor's painfully real performance as a woman sliding into paranoid delusions, director Inon Shampanier pulls off a tonally tricky drama that reeks of lived experience.
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    Carey-Ann PawseyOrca Sound
    A film of this sorts really relies on the laying out of the story and the performances by the leading actresses. Both are well done here.
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    Andrea ChaseKiller Movie Reviews
    It refuses to pander to its audience with platitudes or rainbows, while at the same time, it never demeans Dawn for her condition, nor strips her of her humanity.
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