Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman star in The Paperboy, a film adaptation which is dividing critics fresh from its press screening.
"The Paperboy makes a time to kill look like to kill a mockingbird," was the damning reaction of film reviewer James Rocchi (@jamesrocchi).
Robbie Collin (@robbiereviews) of The Daily Telegraph called it "the first bona fide fiasco of the festival. So bad it has to be seen to be believed. Transcendentally shambolic."
Nicole Kidman in Paperboy
FirstShowing founder Alex Billington (@firstshowing) looked for silver lining. "Yea that was pretty bad. Trashy, forgettable. At least Lee Daniels got good perfs from Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack."
"Best thing Kidman, McConaughey, Efron & Cusack have done in a while," agreed Chris Knight of Canada's National Post (@ChrisKnightfilm), while others enjoyed it even more.
HitFix's Guy Lodge called it "a successfully calculated camp classic. Kinkily demented, yes. Inept, no. Kidman and Macy fab" (@GuyLodge).
"The Paperboy gets boos as well as applause at Cannes 2012 but I liked it. Haven't seen Nicole Kidman having so much fun since To Die For," wrote Emma Pritchard Jones (@EmmaPJones) of the BBC and The Huffington Post.
And for all the disagreement, does it have enough to win the judges' hearts?
Perhaps not at Cannes, but AP's Jill Lawless (@JillLawless) is on hand with her prediction: "Nicole Kidman adopts a southern accent and pees on Zac Efron. Oscar nomination in the bag."