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Fact and fiction intermingle in Paper Heart, but discovering where the line is drawn is the tricky part.
Every beat of Yi's manufactured crisis of faith feels as pre-programmed in its own way as a Michael Bay movie.
Still, the stylistic games reflect Yi and her generation's larger dilemma. Paper Heart is a movie that can't commit about people who don't know how to.
Los Angeles Times:
Paper Heart manages to work the meta mostly magically thanks to the sensibility brought by Yi, whose stand-up persona blends a childlike naivete with an almost perpetual state of shy embarrassment.
Christian Science Monitor:
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.
Slight, silly, sweet and, yes, quirky, Paper Heart doesn't really have a whole lot to say, but it says it in a unique and inventive way.
This diverting riff is as much a spoof of film-school self-seriousness as it is a sincere art project, enhanced by Yi's great, homemade puppets.
Yi's overgrown geek girl shines, but tellingly, none of her best scenes have anything to do with holding hands with Cera,
Paper Heart is way more innovative than the formulaic romantic comedie s that all too often trek through the multiplex, and a much-needed refreshing change.
Cute? If you say so. Funny? If I had a nickel for every time I laughed, I'd have a dime.
New York Post:
Paper Heart is like a really special five-minute YouTube clip that goes on for an hour and a half.
Paper Heart gets by on easygoing charm, rather like Yi herself, whose low-fi comedy is built upon us rooting for her, perhaps hoping that surely there's more magnetism to her than this.
It's easy to see how this quirky, offbeat approach could seem refreshing within the rarefied, hermetic atmosphere of a festival. Elsewhere, however, it comes across as amateurish and considerably less charming.
Enjoying this wondrous wisp of a something is easy, describing it is hard. Luckily, Charlyne Yi is an enchantress.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
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.
Globe and Mail:
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.
Only intermittently engaging and too timid to be satisfactorily funny or insightful.
The segments featuring real people are genuinely affecting, but the realisation that everything else is probably being acted - that truth may be polluted by hoax - gives this otherwise lightweight film a sly, subversive edge.
Even the most cynical are likely to be won over by the unassuming charms of Paper Heart.
These people are touchingly, often humorously frank about their most profound interpersonal connections, offering a range of definitions of love -- although the pic stacks the deck by keeping Yi the only real skeptic on hand.
Cera begins ingratiating himself into Yi's quest, but that part of the story is doomed from jump: It's entertaining for a moment, but hardly as enlightening or endearing as the from-the-heart moments surrounding it.