Released: 15/03/2013 Released in key citiesHailed 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:
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 . . .
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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