Paper Towns is particularly good at pinpointing that certain point in teenage male friendships where the guys are getting older, but they still sometimes resort to silly voices and goofy humor when the girls aren't around.
Paper Towns is too nice. And that is, coincidentally, also the problem its hero has been facing.
This is sensitive and often winning in its depiction of adolescent behavior; the characters speak openly about their vulnerabilities, which makes them sympathetic.
Paper Towns is an exercise in artifice.
Paper Towns is a movie that I really liked, but I probably would have loved if I'd seen it when I was 13.
It's the rare movie that can sacrifice the clean lines of fantasy and melodrama for the messiness of ordinary life - that neither burnishes nor condemns the up-down turmoil of the teenage soul, but rather lets it be.
Lukewarm as a romance, but the charming young cast helps compensate.
Fans expecting more than a routine coming-of-age story had better prepare for a paper movie.
"Paper Towns" might be the only movie to ever pay tribute to Walt Whitman's poetry, Woody Guthrie's music and the empowering theme song from the "Pokemon" cartoon series.