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Paper Man (2009)

  R Closed Captioning

Kieran Mulroney & Michele Mulroney

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Plot Summary

A coming-of-middle-age comedy that chronicles the unlikely friendship between failed author Richard Dunne and a Long Island teen who teaches him a thing or two about growing up, all under the disapproving eye of his long-suffering wife and his imaginary Superhero friend.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 29
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 20
  • Average Rating: 4.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: An intelligent, meticulously constructed, well-acted movie that has been written to death. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: The quirk-laden indie Paper Man brings together a novelist who won't grow up with a sullen teenage girl for mutual wallowing, eccentric high jinks and life lessons but, unfortunately, little reason to care. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: An artist-in-crisis piece run through a drab but quirk-conscious indie processor. – Michelle Orange, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: What we have in this film is a whole lot of nothing, and the little that's there is irritating. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great Feature! Great Narrative! Great Actors!

It didn't have explosions, it didn't have pretentious young actors, it didn't have twists but it did have 2 great lead actors. Emma Stone is one of my favorites if not my favorite at the moment. She's not famous for being famous and she does in fact have real talent - probably why she doesn't appeal to some people.

Great Acting br Daniels and Stone

I found the movie moving. I would describe it as a cross between Lost in Translation and The Spifire Grill.

Worth Renting

This movie is about Richard, the main character's, walking through life; continuously being upstaged by his very successful wife, and not knowing how to find his own place in life - not his life or anyone else's life. He ends up having a country home rented for him by his wife so that she can do her work in close-by NYC - only coming home on the weekends. With his time he attempts to write a novel, but cannot find it in his mind - or with his imaginary friend - how to start even the first sentence. Bored immediately, he takes a bike into town and is immediately taken by Emma Stone's character. Both of them have very complex issues that they can't put into words - so it's in their actions that they become very close and dear friends. The acting was good, but I felt like everyone played their parts a bit too coldly - even when trying to be warm, making for an uncomfortable feeling throughout the entire movie. Ryan Reynolds was - and looked - fabulous, and really brought a needed element to the movie. Throughout the movie, however, I was really put-off by his costume (not that he didn't look great in it, but its colors were so sharp against the bleary backdrop of the movie.) All in all I am glad I saw this movie, but I am also glad that I chose to rent it rather than buy it...I don't think I would watch it twice.

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