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Return to Paradise Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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It's a painful prospect, to be sure, and Sheriff, in particular, insists he's no hero, but the next hour or so of handwringing conjures little suspense.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 1/5

April 10, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...It all seems to be a predictable formula-driven film instead of one filled with an unpredictable raw energy.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C-

January 1, 2000
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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What if director Joseph Ruben didn't resort to B-movie suspense tricks? What if the fine cast wasn't saddled with a shamelessly contrived script by Wesley Strick and Bruce Robinson?

May 11, 2001
Kristian M. Lin
rec.arts.movies.reviews

The story takes too long to set up, and the movie goes limp despite its eight-day time frame that's supposed to create tension.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews

January 1, 2000
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter

Return to Paradise isn't a bad film. It's just one that doesn't live up to its potential.

Full Review Source: Cinematter | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Granted, Vaughn's character arc is a wonder to behold, but I can't help but think that these characters just aren't the sort of guys anyone's really going to give a damn about.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Paul Tatara
CNN.com
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This is a major example of a good idea, one that could have worked, being submitted to a Hollywood tag-team makeover.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

January 1, 2000
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The characters aren't very sympathetic. That's not because of a lack of effort from the cast so much as heavy-handed direction and laughable dialogue.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

An eminently respectable effort without ever becoming a compelling one.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 1, 2000
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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If it's to be experienced at all, Return to Paradise is best seen as a lively piece of pulp, not a profound exploration of the vagaries of the human soul.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 14, 2001
Luisa F. Ribeiro
Boxoffice Magazine

Vaughn labors mightily under the obviousness of the script, while managing to reveal a fragile but profound fear of being an aging frat boy who longs to realize a finer, better self, only to be petrified that quality isn't within him.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 5, 2002
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Despite solid performances from the leads, it comes shrouded in a heavy cloud of ethics-class complications that makes it feel like a "dilemma of the week" TV movie.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 4, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Like Sheriff and Tony, we're pulled both ways by the story: We want them to go back and save Lewis, but we're not exactly sure we'd do the same. That's the Prisoner's Dilemma in a nutshell.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The best performance in the film belongs to Anne Heche, who continues to impress with her range. Her work here is passionate, and she effectively conveys the inner conflict of a woman whose divided loyalties tear at her soul.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Clint Morris
Moviehole

Truly Unforgettable. A tour-de-force for Phoenix.

| Original Score: 3/5

September 18, 2002
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

An intelligent and adult look at people making hard choices in the real world.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: high +3 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Surprisingly effective, if highly unlikely, drama of the soul and the conscience.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 1, 2000
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Discovering that his father's opinion of him is as low as his opinion of himself, Vaughn conveys his dismay and a new self-awareness with a furrow of his brow and a kind of panic in his eyes, an economy of physicality that nevertheless speaks volumes.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Original Score: 9/10

January 1, 2000
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

Vaughn and Heche are the keys to giving this dilemma a human face, and both are excellent.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 81/100

January 1, 2000
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Bob Thompson
Jam! Movies

January 1, 2000
Ray Pride
Newcity
January 1, 2000
David Rooney
Variety
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