Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 18
  2. Negative: 5 out of 18
  1. 60
    This is a film which resonates on a surprising number of levels. But the level on which it undoubtedly works best is the victim-goes-postal-and-takes-the-law-into-his-own-hands level.
  2. A surprisingly efficient B-grade revenge pic.
  3. It was shrewdly written by Forrest Smith and directed crisply by Paul Abascal (Gibson's onetime hairdresser) for maximum visceral impact upon the susceptible.
  4. It doesn't take long for the film to devolve into a ludicrously far-fetched Celebrity Death Wish.
  5. Paparazzi is for anyone who's ever wondered how good it would feel to knock down a photographer with his car and then back over him.
  6. 50
    A throwback to the kind of '80s action flicks that had titles like "Adrenaline Force," is enlivened by a raft of celebrity cameos, including a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance by Gibson.
  7. 50
    In essence this is a celebrity revenge fantasy, something few of us can relate to, but director Paul Abascal has the sense to keep the homilies short and the pacing fast.
  8. First-time director Paul Abascal brings no style or personality to this B-movie exercise. Except for Farina, the actors go through the paces as if they too lack conviction in the proceedings.
  9. 40
    Amazingly arrogant, immoral film.
  10. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Visually uninspired and dramatically overheated, Paparazzi has overall look and feel of generic direct-to-video production.
  11. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Cookie-cutter "Cape Fear" knockoff.
  12. 40
    Paparazzi follows the vigilante playbook in all its banality, without much in the way of moral reflection.
  13. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    In producer Mel Gibson's second crackpot persecution-complex film of 2004 -- heat-blast directed by first-timer Paul Abascal -- it's obvious who Bo is supposed to represent.
  14. 38
    One has the sense that if the level of violence had been ratcheted up a little, Paparazzi might have been more of a guilty pleasure and less of a chore to watch.
  15. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    In the age of reality television, Paparazzi feels desperately out-of-touch, the jaded grousings of an industry burnout.
  16. 30
    This mean-spirited revenge story would once have starred Cole Hauser's father, veteran B-movie psycho Wings Hauser, and played grindhouses and drive-ins. And it would have been a far more entertaining picture.
  17. All this would be fine if the script by Forrest Smith had more wit and fewer clichés, or the direction by former makeup artist Abascal had more inventiveness.
  18. There is no energy here. No sense of movie invention or fun.

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