The Paperboy
The Paperboy (2012)

A sexually and racially charged film noir from Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels (Precious), The Paperboy takes audiences deep into the backwaters of steamy 1960s South Florida, as investigative reporter Ward Jansen (Matthew McConaughey)… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 5, 2012
DVD Release Date: January 22, 2013
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Trashy and melodramatic, The Paperboy is enlivened by a strong cast and a steamy, sordid plot, but it's uneven and often veers into camp.

Rafer Guzman

"The Paperboy" is one of those rare examples where you might wish the movie was less faithful to the book.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The Paperboy bears some promise as a good-bad movie, but it unfolds as a bad-bad one.

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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

Fetid, scuzzy, revolting, funny, erotic, perplexing and provocative, it's like the bastard child of Cape Fear, Written On The Wind and Killer Joe.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Yes, it's a dizzying stew set to boil.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

It's a movie that seems to have a mild form of heatstroke: it's blurry, as if filmed long ago, and feverish, and the story wanders all over the place as if lost in a bayou. When it's over, you want to wipe your brow.

Judi Jordan
Shadow and Act

If you like that freaky, perverted feeling of spying on an even bigger freak show, you will find this film both fascinating and horrible to watch.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The Paperboy is southern Gothic wallowing in the swamp of low camp. And if the wallowing were deliberate, this might have been hugely funny.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

The Paperboy is over-the-top every which way you look.

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Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman

Daniels turns out to be the ideal director for a film about the tendency of desire to turn sane minds to guacamole.

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Flixster Audience Score: 33% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
It looks and feels like something made in the 1970s but with a sordid quality that makes it so absurdly hilarious in all its filthy nonsense - thanks also to a… More
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Cynthia S.
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Nicki Marie
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