With a perfect 50% split on Rotten tomatoes (as of June 23, 2021) you could mathematically not find a film critic is more divided on. Those who enjoyed the film, however, cited the cast’s strong performances, especially Shlesinger as a confident, funny woman whose only weakness seems to be Dennis. While the film remains comical and self-conscious, it also makes powerful statements about how manipulative men can deceive strong, intelligent women and includes a compelling mystery about whether Dennis is one of these men or not.
In his review of RogerEbert.com, Wrote Monica Castillo, “It’s a strangely specific, yet universal tale – something that can happen to anyone … Despite the darker aspects of the film, Gatewood and Shlesinger flee with some decent laughs and pointed questions.” Good on Paper “sometimes gets silly, sometimes serious, but it never deviates from its mission of being funny through it all.”
“Good on Paper” is currently streaming exclusively on Netflix.