Lee Daniels is relentless in his transmission of sensory excess. He guides his talented ensemble through sexual mania, mud and humidity. Nicole Kidman's performance is the stand-out; a masterfully volatile balancing act between eroticism, pathos, and tragic vulnerability. This is a messy and peerless film noir whose pulp only adds to its effectiveness.
What it lacks in story-telling panache, it makes up for with visceral production design, lewd and wonderfully flawed characters and a nice final twist. Kidman and Cusack's first scene together is immediately arresting and fresh. Macy also puts in a fine performance yet the use of voice-over is distracting and unnecessary. 3 stars
the paperboy is campy, violent, raunchy, saturated in hot pink and draped in polyester-with just the right amount of racism and liquid eyeliner. you people need to get your head out of your butts. complaining about the direction of a story like this is equivalent to bitching about pink flamingos.
Lee Daniels couldn't direct his way out of a paper bag. It's a giant mess in all aspects (pacing, style, editing, and writing especially), but at least the background music was decent and I laughed aloud at the sheer trashy outrageousness of it all. Never did I imagine I'd hear Nicole Kidman yell, "If anyone's gonna pee on him, it's gonna be me." Well, at least I got about an hour worth of half nude Zefron, I guess.
O filme, execrado pelo mau gosto, extrai o máximo de seus atores e tem o bom senso de não refreá-los. Talvez não seja um grande filme (não tem a pretensão de ser), mas possui certa singularidade e raridade que pode seduzir. Que seja ao menos pelo charme febril de Kidman. Para amá-la, para odiá-la.
1 1/2 out of 5 stars. I can give The Paperboy credit for some great (a mesmerizing Kidman) and even over-the-top (Cusack) performances but the storytelling was pure, disjointed shit. Macy Gray's lazy, deadbeat narration was as distracting as it was annoying and the movie tried to be disturbing and skeevy just for its own sake. While The Paperboy looked great its still nothing short of a fucking mess.