Cara Delevingne Earns Mixed Reviews for 'Paper Towns'

A couple of critics praised her eyebrows, however.
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A couple of critics praised her eyebrows, however.
A still from 'Paper Towns.' Photo: Fox 

A still from 'Paper Towns.' Photo: Fox 

After months of analyzing every teaser and trailer for evidence of Cara Delevingne's acting abilities, the big day is here: "Paper Towns" hits theaters Friday. An adaptation of John Green's novel by the same name, the story follows Quentin Jacobson's infatuation with a mysterious girl next door named Margo Roth Spiegelman, played by Delevingne. When she disappears he embarks on a clue-fueled journey to find her — and ends up really finding himself. Teens, man.  

Fans of Green's book won't be surprised that Delevingne's appearance in the movie is pretty short, considering she disappears halfway through. We checked out reviews of the film to see how critics felt about her performance and the results were all over the place. Some felt she did as much as she could with less than thrilling material and others didn't make any big judgements because her role was too small. Some think it's a promising start to what will surely be a strong acting career and others think she simply doesn't have the talent to nail the role. It's truly a mixed bag, but two critics specifically mentioned the powers of her signature brows. And no one seemed to be distracted by her American accent, though many of them were fond of her "smoky voice." 

See 10 reviews of Delevingne's first starring role in a film, organized roughly from positive to neutral to negative, below. Have you seen it? Let us know what you think of her acting chops in the comments. 

Variety: "But the real find here is Delevingne, an English actress who, with her subtly smoky voice and piercing gaze, makes the girl of Quentin’s fantasies a singularly charismatic presence, all the more so due to her limited screen time. What ultimately happens to Margo may seem somewhat ambiguous by film’s end, but on the evidence of her work here, this striking actress is here to stay."

Rolling Stone: Supermodel Delevigne wears down any resentment of yet another Brit playing an American teen. Her flashing eyes and throaty voice indicate the star power to make it in pictures that move.

The Wrap: "Fashion model Delevingne has relatively little screen time but makes an undeniable impression as a high school heartbreaker, with the smoky eyes and smokier voice destined to send young men into a frenzy; there’s no question why Quentin would hijack his mom’s minivan and drive up I-95 to find her."

NY Daily News: "Delevingne, a model-turned-actress, is raw but still enigmatic enough to keep us curious when Margo is gone for the second half of the movie."

The Hollywood Reporter: "Delevingne delivers sufficient dynamics to carry the early going with her character's well-wrought sense of payback and mystery, but she remains largely offscreen most of the way." 

LA Times: "I can't blame Delevingne, a model who is transitioning to film acting, for Margo's troubles as a character — she delivers fortune cookie lines like, "You have to get lost before you find yourself," with conviction, and her raspy voice and power eyebrows communicate just the right amount of danger for Orlando."

The Globe and Mail: "...the charismatic Margo (played by model Cara Delevingne, who – sorry, haters – is, for all intents and purposes, Margo)..."

NPR: "She's played in the present day by model Cara Delevingne, whose take on the character is appropriately aloof — she seems to always be thinking of something (somewhere?) that no one else can see."

The Guardian: "Cara Delevingne doesn’t quite nail the spontaneous, centre-of-gravity figure that the movie sells her as."

New York Times: "She’s nice on the eyes, no doubt, but she doesn’t have the tools to take this underwritten screen role and make it hurt, and you spend a lot of time watching her Groucho brows hold steady over her sunburst smiles."