I'm pleasantly surprised at just how much I enjoyed this film. The chemistry between Tatum O'Neal and her father is magical. Her attempt to stifle a smirking smile as she sits in the car following her first confidence tricks is just so natural. This film overflows with both charm and wit. 4.5 stars.
A superb "con movie" that revolves around a man (Ryan O'Neal) who finds himself in the company of a young girl (Tatum O'Neal) and is surprised to find that she is just as talented, if not more so, at parting people from their cash. The film looks gorgeous, in black and white throughout, the script is fun, and the performances are superb from all involved.
In a lot of ways, Tatum O'Neal's character is the purest feminist character ever put to screen. A well paced film, genuinely funny in a Buster Keaton sense (it's all about eyebrow movements and shocked stares) and with perfect performances from everyone. The chase scene in St Jo reminded me of Dassin's Night and the City.
In un bianco e nero d'autore prende forma la storia di quello che è probabilmente il più bel debito pecuniario che abbia mai toccato una pellicola. Che siano le Bibbie con incisioni auree appioppate alle neovedove oppure l'ingegnoso calappio teso alla cara Miss Delight, il genio di Bogdanovich mi ha dato un motivo per ridere di gusto ad ogni inquadratura. Speriamo che quei 200 dollari non vengano mai resi del tutto.
A heavenly joy - from the first image to the last, I had a smile on my face. This is Bogdanovich's masterpiece. One of the most entertaining, moving, and wonderful films I've seen in a long time. The O'Neals are incredible together, the look and setting is remarkable (we simply cannot make period pieces look like this anymore - the infrastructure simply sin't there). What a wonderful film this is. A cinematic marvel.
Bogdanovich is both an eminent stylist of the 'classical', and also master of the depths beneath it - both this and 'Last Picture' end on scenes of unnerving quiet that devastate without going big. A bit too structured in its three act distinction, but a lovely ride that works in part because Ryan overplays his reactions to highlight Tatum's excellent craft. Her character is a gift to children's ability in film.
http://cinegeek.de/paper-moon-rating-90-dvd5024 (...) Bogdanovich bedient sich des Stils klassischer Hollywood Filme, erlaubt seinen beiden Charakteren aber ein hohes Mass an Individualität. Nie hat man den Eindruck, dass beide der Feder eines Autoren der 30er entsprangen, sondern Bogdanovichs Gauner Pärchen wird im Film erlaubt, einfach so zu handeln, wie sie wollen (...)