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The Paper

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Ron Howard

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About the Movie

Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Randy Quaid and Robert Duvall headline a star-studded cast in this stop-the-presses comedy about the fast-paced, cutthroat, often hilarious world of newspaper journalism. Directed by Ron Howard, this smash hit has been hailed by US Magazine as "One of the most entertaining movies to come out of Hollywood in years."

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 34
  • Fresh: 30
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's all slick, fizzy fun. But the film's fighting spirit gets snatched. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Fresh: Perfectly captures the hubbub of the nation's newsrooms. – Rita Kempley, Washington Post, Apr 1, 2003

Fresh: Thanks to a caffeinated cast and hyperactive script, director Ron Howard delivers The Paper with a bang. – Joe Brown, Washington Post, Apr 1, 2003

Fresh: Watching The Paper got me in touch all over again with how good it feels to work at the top of your form, on a story you believe in, on deadline. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A day in the life of a NYC tabloid

I've been a working newspaper writer since 1992, and while there are more acclaimed movies about journalism (I particularly like Good Night, And Good Luck), The Paper is the film that gets the day to day feel of the newsroom the most right of any film I've seen in the genre.

The familiar newsroom archetypes are all there, the budget meetings where news that doesn't affect the readership is seen as having significantly less value, the high-stress, the self-importance brushing up against the genuinely important work: It's all there.

The only scene that strikes an off note for me is the struggle at the end. Without spoiling anything, while there are emergency shut-offs in that sort of room, they're normally not kept under lock and key, because the contents of said room are dangerous -- people get their arms ripped off doing that work -- so the rolling around struggling for the key to unlock the shut-off controls was a little silly.

The rest of the film, though, is great and for a film that was mostly intended as a lightweight treat, it holds up very well, even all these years later.

The peper


Vastly under appreciated gem

Quirky, dramatic and funny, The Paper is a briskly paced story about the day in the life of a major newspaper, and the important debate about getting articles right, instead of just first. It's also covers themes about priorities in life and the consequences for the choices we make. Great ensemble cast includes heavyweights like Duvall and Close plus the excellent Michael Keaton, Randy Quaid, Marisa Tomei and Jason Alexander. Highly entertaining tale of ethics, ambition and family.