The Paper
The Paper (1994)

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… More

Directed By:
Rated: R
Running Time:
Release Date: March 18, 1994
DVD Release Date: November 1, 1998
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Also Available On

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.

Full review…
Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Perfectly captures the hubbub of the nation's newsrooms.

Full review…
Jason Bailey

The inside-baseball feel of the newsroom material (co-writer Stephen Koepp did time in the trenches) is what makes 'The Paper' sing.

Full review…
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.

Full review…
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...

Full review…
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.

Full review…
James Berardinelli

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.

Full review…
Emanuel Levy

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

Full review…
More reviews for The Paper

Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
With this cast this should have been better.
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
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
Sunil Jawahir
Incredibly dated but the solid cast keeps in interesting.
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
Leo L
Good movie.

More Like This