Paper Spiders

critic Reviews

, 100% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A coming-of-age drama that thoughtfully handles hard-hitting themes, Paper Spiders is anchored by heartbreaking performances from its leads.
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    Katie WalshLos Angeles Times
    Personal experience brings a rare honesty and authenticity to this film about mental illness.
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    Teo BugbeeNew York Times
    It is a pleasure to see Lili Taylor sink her teeth into a starring role, and she plays her character's manic descent with a palpable and heartbreaking practicality.
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    Sheri LindenHollywood Reporter
    A sensitive blend of YA, PSA and nuanced characterizations.
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    Tara McNamaraCommon Sense Media
    With Taylor's painfully real performance as a woman sliding into paranoid delusions, director Inon Shampanier pulls off a tonally tricky drama that reeks of lived experience.
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    Carey-Ann PawseyOrca Sound
    A film of this sorts really relies on the laying out of the story and the performances by the leading actresses. Both are well done here.
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    Andrea ChaseKiller Movie Reviews
    It refuses to pander to its audience with platitudes or rainbows, while at the same time, it never demeans Dawn for her condition, nor strips her of her humanity.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    Gripping, unpredictable, and harrowing ... It's also an authentic portrayal of the denials and dilemmas that loved ones of mentally ill people go through in seeking treatment for a mentally ill person who doesn't want to get any professional help.
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    Jennie KermodeEye for Film
    There's a rare depth of storytelling here that keeps the film feeling real... Paper Spiders is a smart, highly evocative piece of work that you won't want to miss.
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    Alex SavelievFilm Threat
    Don't let this one slip under the radar.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    Despite an unsatisfying ending, this intimate coming-of-age drama finds emotional depth and fresh insight in its portrayal of a family torn apart by mental illness.
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