"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."