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729 Ratings

The Paperboy

Directed by Lee Daniels
United States, 2012
Crime, Drama


Based on Pete Dexter’s critically acclaimed novel, The Paperboy is the enthralling story of two brothers investigating a case involving a death row inmate.

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The Paperboy Directed by Lee Daniels

Awards & Festivals

Screen Actors Guild Awards

2013 | Nominee: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

The list of cinematic reference points could go on, but it’s not the specificity of these (or others) that matters. Daniel’s achievement is recapturing the hot, sultry mood of these movies in his own haunting and beautiful way. It’s trashy, exasperating, convoluted, over-the-top, violent, and deliberately provocative. But these charged-up qualities give the film its unique power, and Daniels piles them on as if daring his audience to come to grips with, and move beyond, the excess.
December 21, 2012
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The movie not infrequently hits a frequency that evokes Tennessee Williams out ofJohn Waters. This is pretty unusual and entertaining as far as it goes, but the problem is the extent to which there’s anything discernibly noteworthy going on underneath all the luridness.
October 04, 2012
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[This] level of ineptitude isn’t common — certainly not in films with big stars like Kidman and Cusack — and it gives The Paperboy an awkward rhythm that could be mistaken for outsider art. But don’t be fooled: It’s Daniels doing the tango with two left feet.
October 04, 2012
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