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The Paperboy

Released: 15/03/2013 Released in key cities
Hailed by The New Yorker (if ‘hail' is the right word) a rare slice of pure camp, meaning the kind of bad that is actually worth your while, Lee Daniels' follow-up to the über gritty Precious is an astonishingly tasteless adaptation of a Miami-set crime novel. Stars Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack and Nicole Kidman, sporting quite the 'do. For more information visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um-JcpaEwEo Buy: http://www.odeon.co.uk/fanatic/film_info/m14354/The_Paperboy/ Watch:
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Evening Standard“It is a sweaty mess of a film...” It has a humid stickiness and an Instagram-ish visual fuzz; it is clumsily edited too, gaily pumped along by soul music from the era. It feels strangely amateurish, given the high professsionalism of all the leads here...
 
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Financial Times“So bad it isn’t even good-bad...” Do not go to this Deep South crime/sex/passion farrago expecting a kitsch-rich treat. Even with Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron and John Cusack providing five-star fully-leaded histrionics, it is engine seizure from start to finish...
 
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The Observer“ It wastes an exceptional cast on an incoherent tale...” The highlight is a beach-party scene in which trailer-trash Nicole Kidman resourcefully pees on college dropout Zac Efron's livid burns after he's been stung by jellyfish...
 
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The Independent“The Paperboy is a trashy tale, but kinky Kidman still delivers...” It's grotesque and absurd, like some febrile hallucination co- authored by Hugh Hefner and James Ellroy. Think of it as the opposite of tastefulness, decency, good sense...
 
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Little White Lies“A spectacularly lurid stew of self-loathing and sexual torment...” It fails as a thriller because the director is too preoccupied with crafting an overheated vibe through assaultive editing, shoddy, caffeinated camerawork and gaudily cramped mise-en-scène that he neglects to pay due lip service to the plot . . .
 
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The Telegraph“Might just be the sweatiest film ever made...” As a piece of art this is all lust, no caution; a heady mirage of sex, swamps and soul music that wants nothing more than for you to share in the joke. Thank goodness I finally got it...
 
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Guardian“A smart, entertaining thriller with an excellent performance from Kidman...” Daniels keeps it bubbling. This gripping, scary and queasily funny picture nurtures a dark threat which lurks like one of its gators just below the surface...
 
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Time Out“Looks ugly and uncontrolled...” The odd, fun moment of bite-your-tongue high camp emerges from the chaos, but mostly this just feels squalid and desperately awkward...
 
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Empire“Pulpy fun that doesn't quite pedal up to full speed...” Kidman is extraordinary as the loony ’60s chick and, if you dig spectacularly feverish trash, this could find a small but appreciative cult. Love or loathe it, this will be remembered for Kidman peeing on Efron’s face...
 
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Total Film “Kidman here steals the show oozing sex and instability...” The critics deriding Daniels’ choppy cuts, garish palette, camp flourishes and grainy 16mm missed the point. The Paperboy is a throwback to the exploitation cinema of its period. As such, it’s grungy, tasteless and hard to take your eyes off...
 
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