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The Paperboy (2012)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  17 October 2012 (Belgium)
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A reporter returns to his Florida home-town to investigate a case involving a death row inmate.



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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 October 2012 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Amores peligrosos  »

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Box Office


$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$102,706 (USA) (5 October 2012)


$692,640 (USA) (16 November 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up.
12 January 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I understand why some people think this movie is OK. It has some good actors, and it explores some dark issues. Unfortunately it is a roller-coaster ride going from mundane to awkward with little point to the journey. There is no cleverness, no real plot, and nothing of note to keep you watching except for the hope of a good ending. Too much effort went into trying to shock the viewer than went into actually making an involving story. The characters are obviously intended to polarise viewers, but they have tried too hard and the characters have been made uniformly unlikeable. The ending shows promise, but then true to the movie's form, it crashes back to mediocrity. The flashback concept is also so pointless. It has no relevance and no real callback to the present. The consequences of the story lead nowhere, and your are left feeling that sitting through this movie was equally pointless. The dialog also leads to confusion, it doesn't help to engage you at any deeper level and I couldn't really be bothered to dissect it too much. This paperboy does not deliver.

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