Metacritic Movie Ratings
The Paperboy Reviews

3.0

45

out of 100

Metascore®
Mixed or average reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterTodd 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 stimulated to be playing such flawed characters.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    Gator-filled swamps, an ultra-grungy murderer, racial undertones and a sexually charged atmosphere make up the tense and lurid world of The Paperboy.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRoger Ebert

    The Paperboy is great trash, and as Pauline Kael told us, the movies are so seldom great art that if we can't appreciate great trash, we might as well not go at all.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyOwen Gleiberman

    Much of what happens in The Paperboy is so luridly bizarre you can't quite believe what you're seeing.

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