Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 83
    Such a powerful sincerity and goodness flows through Paper Clips.
  2. 78
    The filmmakers wisely stay in the background and allow the people of Whitwell to tell their own story, although this simple, honest little film is occasionally marred by an emotionally manipulative music score straight out of Heartstring Tuggers 101.
  3. 75
    It is straightforward, heartfelt and genuine.
  4. 75
    It's a small, heartening slice of life that feels like a crucial step toward something bigger.
  5. The best moments in Paper Clips - and there are plenty - come when it doesn't resort to mundane cliches or calculated emotions to make its point.
  6. Heartfelt, if rather repetitive, documentary.
  7. Where other documentarians look for a charismatic personality to enliven their films, Berlin and Fab focus on the community as a whole.
  8. 70
    Rough around the edges but rock-solid in its sense of place and its depiction of real people overreaching their apparent limitations.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Patiently told and lovingly made.
  10. Reviewed by: David Hughes
    Brings a lump to the throat without resorting to emotional manipulation. Deserves an A for effort.
  11. 60
    There is something quite heartening about watching these kids earnestly guide others around their memorial.
  12. Paper Clips arrives with an authentically persuasive message of hope.
  13. It's a story worth telling, though once the participants and the filmmakers start basking in their virtue, the material begins to feel overextended.
  14. There's something both moving and crass in how directors Elliot Berlin and Joe Fab film these tiny paper fasteners.
  15. 50
    The story they get may be heartfelt and inspiring, but all that powerful sentiment doesn't make it any more complete.
  16. Inspiring, but also, as a film, a little tedious, without enough narrative or exploration to justify its feature length.

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