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478 Ratings

Paper Towns

Directed by Jake Schreier
United States, 2015
Drama, Romance


Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green, Paper Towns is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one.

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Paper Towns Directed by Jake Schreier
Self-consciously literate as it might sound, Paper Towns blossoms into an engaging, freshly acted ensemble piece – a rare US teen movie that isn’t about caricatured nerds and dorks, and doesn’t treat its audience as dorks either. I found it quite charming – and I don’t normally do charming.
August 16, 2015
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The script makes Quentin realise he’s mythologised his first love to an alarming degree, but offers no solid counterpoint to these puppy-dog fantasies: what we get is a paltry epiphany, long in the coming. Wolff has something, Delevingne has something, and no doubt the book had something, too – its devotees should find enough here to warm to, while the rest of us look on slightly bemused.
August 13, 2015
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Its imitative tendencies are not without purpose, allowing screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber to deconstruct the rote formulas of the modern teen movie in search of underlying truths. And just as a passing reference to the forgotten kiddie flick Snow Dogs (2002) hints at the presumed age bracket of the film’s audience, this constant probing of genre clichés reveals a refreshingly complex understanding of the contemporary teenage taste for self-analysis.
July 31, 2015

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