The Paperboy

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Released 2012

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Director:
Lee Daniels
Released:
2012
Rating:
R
A reporter (Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club") returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lee Daniels' ("Precious") noir also stars Zac Efron ("Hairspray"), Nicole Kidman ("Moulin Rouge!"), John Cusak ("Grosse Point Blank"), David Oyelowo ("Selma") and Scott Glenn ("Training Day").

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  • 80

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    In the spirit of the venture, the entire cast gets down and comes off all the better for it. Both Efron and McConaughey get very messed up physically, and both actors seem stimulat...

  • 50

    Slant Magazine

    The Paperboy deserves to be seen for its pulpy, well-executed excess, but as a filmmaker, Lee Daniels seems ignorant of how the shocks distract from the story.

  • 0

    New York Observer Rex Reed

    This raunchy dreck, cut from the same disposable toilet tissue as the recent trailer-trash creepfest "Killer Joe," is a leap downhill from "Precious."

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