Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Jessica Baxter
    Cera once again does his "Michael Cera thing." Personally, I love his "thing" but know it’s not for everyone, and I agree that it doesn’t always work contextually. But trust me, here it really works.
  2. The movie's hide-and-seek attitude toward truth mirrors the intricacies of one lover getting to know another -- an arresting notion of the heart that's much more than paper-deep.
  3. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    Adorable. Ad-or-able. It will melt even the coldest heart.
  4. 75
    Enjoying this wondrous wisp of a something is easy, describing it is hard. Luckily, Charlyne Yi is an enchantress.
  5. 75
    A quasi-documentary about love that is sweet, true and perhaps a little deceptive.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Doesn't always have a clear path, but that is part of its meandering appeal. It asks if true love exists, then renders it a rhetorical question.
  7. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    At best, they entertain in a "people say the darndest things" kind of way. But they do support the notion that people still fall in love and find a way to make it work for a lifetime, which is about as happy an ending as you could wish for.
  8. 67
    Paper Heart isn't the most cloying instance of earnest indie quirk to emerge in the past few months, nor is it the most charming, but the mere fact that such a continuum exists is reason enough to worry.
  9. It's all kind of silly and amorphous, but the scenes between Yi and Cera, whether or not they were scripted, have a babes-in-the-wood loveliness.
  10. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The movie’s a platypus: cute as the dickens but what the heck is it?
  11. This movie may be sickly sweet, but it's harmless; and as a handcrafted antidote to a toxic toy story like "G.I.Joe," Paper Heart has healing properties.
  12. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    A "hybrid documentary" that bemusedly blurs the line between fact and fiction.
  13. While Cera is adorable, Yi’s faux ­naiveté is overplayed and her philosophical musings are underwhelming. But you won’t soon forget the real-life couples she interviews.
  14. 50
    Paper Heart is like a really special five-minute YouTube clip that goes on for an hour and a half.
  15. 50
    The end product feels trite and unfinished, with the romantic plot being awkwardly and unconvincingly shoehorned into a production that lacks focus.
  16. Reviewed by: Kate Taylor
    This breach with the audience does matter, for it is one thing to seduce your viewers and quite another to trick them. Love is all about trust, after all.
  17. 50
    It's a neat, sweet experiment in meta-documentary filmmaking overall, but like Yi's own heart, it sabotages itself in the process and becomes another casualty of too-close scrutiny.
  18. Reviewed by: Sarah Hepola
    At times, the relentless preciousness, the ironic distance, the posture of "We're just adorably like this" gets to be a little too much.
  19. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    A documentary except when it's a mockumentary, this is all kinds of adorable and heartbreaking--the doc part, at least.
  20. Your enjoyment of Paper Heart will hinge almost entirely on your receptiveness to Ms. Yi and the extreme iteration of social awkwardness she represents.
  21. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    There may be a fairly sharp line dividing those who find the whole delightfully odd, and those irked by what could be read as a faux childlike simplicity to the enterprise.
  22. 50
    Yi's self-regarding, ironic tone makes the whole thing feel like a setup, designed more as an indie-chic calling card than a sincere inquiry.
  23. 33
    This isn’t a movie. It’s a MySpace page.
  24. 30
    Unbearably twee mockumentary.
  25. A cute movie, a little too cute and a little too aware of its own cuteness.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Aaron
    Sep 8, 2009
    I went into the movie a fairly big fan of Charlyne Yi, but by the end I truthfully wanted to kill myself. This movie is incredibly pretentious, and I totally agree with the reviewer who said that this movie is too aware of its own cuteness. The movie drags on what feels like an hour too long, which is distressing, considering it's only an hour and a half. I'm okay with movies posing questions but not fully answering them and having the audience reflect on the situations given them, but this movie really had nothing to present. It was mindless, pointless, and I'm utterly depressed I will never get my time back again! Full Review »
  2. Mar 12, 2011
    I was really looking forward to this movie, and I must say, I was disappointed. The over all choppy context and lack of keeping a story line gets old quick. I also never felt like I really was given a chance to get to know the characters, which is always a pretty big downer. Not to say there aren't any cute, funny,genuinely good moments, but that's just the problem:they're only moments, and they're pretty out of place. A lot of the movie also relies on the quirkiness of the two leads, a lot of times it was like, "Well, this scene is getting dull, let's just get a laugh at how awkward Micheal Cera is." It might not be a waste of time to see this movie, but it was a let down for me. Full Review »
  3. LeeP
    Aug 29, 2009
    We went to see this movie as an antidote to District 9 and the incredibly violent previews that preceded it. We enjoyed it. Not a work of genius but gentle, sweet, with some good moments. Got a little tired of Charlene Yi after a while. It helps to enjoy Michale Cera. If you don't like him, you probably won't enjoy this movie. But it is better than many reviewers are saying. Full Review »