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Trouble in Paradise Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce

The distillate of Lubitsch's cinema of insinuation and evanescence

Full Review Source: CinePassion

December 23, 2013
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Not a false note in the whole piece. The performances, visuals and screenplay are all exsquisite.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

February 4, 2009


Lubitsch at the height of his powers as a director of deft, inconsequential and sophisticated comedy.

Full Review Source: Film4

February 4, 2009

TIME Magazine
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Trouble in Paradise is a triumph of direction and decor which could have been accomplished only by that scowling, heavy-jowled Teuton who is Paramount's chief contribution to the civilized cinema, Ernst Lubitsch.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 4, 2009
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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It's possible to prefer other Ernst Lubitsch films for their more serene stylings and more plangent emotions, but this 1932 production is probably the most perfectly representative of his works.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 4, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The lighthearted Depression-era comedy clearly has the famed Lubitsch touch.

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

July 3, 2006
Dan Jardine

What sticks with you long after the movie is over is the terrific, European cosmopolitan humour, and unrelenting sexiness of it all

Full Review Source: Cinemania | Original Score: 92/100

April 28, 2006

Time Out
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If ever a film slipped down a treat, this one does.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: A

August 7, 2005
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

This is, without a single word of hyperbole, one of the most taut scripts and perfectly-executed pieces of comic direction in the history of film.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 92/100

March 16, 2004
Charles Taylor
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It's a movie that feels both of its time and ahead of all the times that have followed.

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November 5, 2003
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide

'The satire is sharp, the comedy is witty and urbane, and the characters are so full of life it feels as if they might just walk off the screen.'

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 92/100

October 9, 2003
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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This comedy of jewel thieves is itself the prize sparkler of Lubitsch's enterprising career.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 10, 2003
Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
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In virtually every scene the lively imagination of the German producer shines forth and it seems as though he were the only person in Hollywood who could have turned out such an effective entertainment from such a feathery story.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2003
Michael S. Smith

Trouble in Paradise is full of perfectly executed scenes.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

April 4, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I have no qualms in calling Trouble in Paradise Lubitsch's best film.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 5/5

November 25, 2002
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

If one considers that motion picture sound had only been in place for three years when Trouble in Paradise was made, the level of sophistication it shows is astonishing.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

April 3, 2001
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The situations are adult. The sexual innuendo is pointed and unmistakable. There's a golden glow to the print, and the actresses are extraordinary.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

April 3, 2001
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It is about people who are almost impossibly adult, in that fanciful movie way -- so suave, cynical, sophisticated, smooth and sure that a lifetime is hardly long enough to achieve such polish. They glide.

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

April 3, 2001

TV Guide's Movie Guide

For over 70 years, this sparkling comedy has been unmatched in the realm of sophisticated, continental farce.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 5/5

April 3, 2001
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