In Theaters This Weekend: Reviews of 'Paper Towns,' 'Pixels' and More

Paper Towns Still 2 - H 2015
Michael Tackett

Paper Towns Still 2 - H 2015

Read what THR's critics are saying about Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Southpaw' and Cobie Smulders' 'Unexpected.'

Adventurous teens, video game characters and a troubled boxing champion are coming to theaters this weekend with the releases of Paper Towns, Pixels and Southpaw

Read on to find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the weekend's new offerings (as well as which film will likely top the weekend's box office).

Paper Towns

Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne co-star in The Fault in Our Stars author John Green's latest YA adaptation. THR chief film critic Todd McCarthy writes that the film is a "modest entry" that won't achieve the high box office numbers earned by Stars internationally. He adds, "the film is most interesting as a perspective on adolescence in which all the girls are more mature, nervy and perceptive than any of the boys, who have some catching up to do if they're to have a chance with any of them." Read the full review here


Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad and Michelle Monaghan team up to save the planet from the invading ghosts of video games past. McCarthy feels that Pixels is not as good as Wreck-It Ralph. He writes in his review, "At isolated moments a tolerably amusing send-up of alien-invasion disaster movies in which the attackers are video arcade-era renegades arrived to gobble up as many famous landmarks as possible, this one-note comedy runs out of gas within an hour (it is based on a short film) and should have been trimmed to a neat 90 minutes."


Jake Gyllenhaal portrays Billy Hope, a junior middleweight boxing champion who fights his way back from tragic incident that causes him to lose custody of his daughter Leila (Oona Laurence). THR film critic Deborah Young writes in her review, "it has the chops to draw the high-testosterone male demographic, but feels too macho-centric to cross over to the Million Dollar Baby crowd."


How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders depicts the challenges of having an unplanned pregnancy in the Sundance flick directed by Kris Swanberg. THR film critic David Rooney writes in his review, "While it's decidedly small in scope, Unexpected can at least be pitched to a sizeable demographic, given that it will speak directly to most women who have experienced pregnancy and childbirth."