Paper Towns - Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff
Paper Towns - Quentin (Nat Wolff) and Margo (Cara Delevingne) share an intimate moment during an all-night adventure © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox, photo by Michael Tackett

Paper Towns, from the bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, involves the agonies between adolescents Margo (Cara Delevingne) and Quentin (Nat Wolff).

Directed by Jake Schreier, who worked Robot & Frank about coping with Alzheimer’s.

As your see from the review selection the film was hit and miss with reviewers. Some like bits that other did not…

Paper Towns – Longtime neighbors Margo (Cara Delevingne) maps out her mysterious plans © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox, photo by Michael Tackett

New York Times Paper Towns review by Manchla Dargis

[quote_box_center]Teenage angst has been a lucrative movie racket for years, but what happens when the kids are pretty much all right? Not a whole lot, at least in Paper Towns, a serenely bland adaptation of the John Green young-adult novel.

[Nat Wolff] comes off exactly like the Hollywood up-and-comer he is, and is finally as out of place in this world as Ms Delevingne is.[/quote_box_center]

Rating: 1.5 Stars, From our reading of the review

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USA Today Paper Towns review by Brian Truitt

[quote_box_center]Paper Towns is a satisfying look at young unrequited love, bromances, independence and letting go.

Buoyed by an eclectic soundtrack, Paper Towns sounds good and plays even better on screen with a boy, a girl and heaps of teenage charm.[/quote_box_center]

Rating: 3 out of 4 = 3.5 stars

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The Guardian (UK) Paper Towns review by Peter Bradshaw

[quote_box_center]There’s laughter, good music, hooking up (Ben has long pined for Lacey) and, eventually, the realisation that this trip is altogether ludicrous. But get good teen actors in a car with some dialogue a cut above the usual tripe, and it can’t help but be compelling.

There is, however, a bit of a snag with the casting. Cara Delevingne doesn’t quite nail the spontaneous, centre-of-gravity figure that the movie sells her as. Moreover, Nat Wolff, admittedly playing something of a square, is a bit dry on screen.[/quote_box_center]

Rating: 3 stars

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Entertainment Weekly Paper Towns review by Kevin P Sullivan

[quote_box_center]Its characters are intelligent and kind-hearted high schoolers who like going by first, middle, and last names and have some tough truths to learn before donning caps and gowns.

The real joy of Paper Towns is the interplay among Wolff, Abrams, Smith, and eventually Halston Sage and Jaz Sinclair as Margo’s best friend and Radar’s girlfriend.[/quote_box_center]

Rating: B (4 Stars)

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Paper Towns – Longtime neighbors Margo (Cara Delevingne) and Quentin (Nat Wolff) reconnect in a memorable way © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox, photo by Michael Tackett

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