Excerpt: Perhaps the most telling thing about ‘Paper Towns’ is how much better the film plays once Margo’s gone — because not only Quentin but also the author, screenwriters, and director (all men, BTW) see her so much more clearly as an idea than as a person.
Excerpt: has a couple of solid themes (taking risks, learning to look beyond initial and public perceptions), but this time around the YA material is weighted down by too much contrivance and leads who are frankly uninteresting. What it does have are supporting roles that enable many young newcomers…to shine.
Excerpt: Wearing a true heart on its sleeve and in tune with how it feels to come of age, “Paper Towns” is sensitive, engaging and emotionally satisfying, notwithstanding a destination that can’t help but be a letdown. Even so, isn’t how we get there more important?
Excerpt: Paper Towns doesn’t bring the full-scale cheese of The Fault in Our Stars, nor does it inspire the same mass catharsis/hysteria, and while one appreciates the lack of sloppy cry-faces at the movies, this film lacks a spark.
Excerpt: Paper Towns is one of the dumbest and most wrong-headed movies I’ve ever seen about teenagers, a movie with intentions that seem romantic but come off as horrifying. This isn’t about the lives of teenagers; it’s the shockingly light-hearted portrait of kids who commit several dozen misdemeanors all in the name of romance and free will.