Matthew Smith writes: "Oddly, there are those weird films that are so trashy, they’re good. The Paperboy is possibly the strangest example of A-grade trash in anyone’s recent memory. It’s almost as if Lee Daniels’ adaptation of Peter Dexter’s pulp fiction was deliberately developed as a B-movie. Intentional or not, Daniels did one hell of a job of casting it. For if he hadn’t, The Paperboy could just as easily have been a complete disaster."