Paradise Reviews

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Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
August 10, 2014
Paradise is far from a bad start, but it's not the introduction Cody was probably capable of making.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 26, 2013
...a middling (yet watchable) vibe...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
November 11, 2013
"Paradise" is a very bland and forgettable film, which is not something you expect from Diablo Cody even on her bad days.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
November 7, 2013
An eminently compelling slice-of-life made all the more enjoyable by Julianne Hough's irresistible turn as the sympathetic, multi-shaded Lamb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 2, 2013
To me, a film about Las Vegas should never be boring. And that's what disappoints me most about 'Paradise.'
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
October 26, 2013
Savagely satirizing evangelical culture while pretty much not substituting anything else - unless you count Vegas as the proposed cure in question - in Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody's directing debut. In other words, sorry Paradise, you're no Juno.
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 25, 2013
Wild Vegas night of drinking, self-discovery is so-so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Norm Schrager
Paste Magazine
October 24, 2013
Cody's fresh coming-of-age story keeps pulling back from blossoming into something a bit magical.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.2/10
Top Critic
Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 23, 2013
The movie goes nowhere, and Ms. Cody's screenplay is relentlessly talky while standing still.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
October 21, 2013
Hough sleepwalks through Cody's worst effort to date as a writer and only supporting turns by the always-game Russell Brand and never-bad Octavia Spencer save the film from being a strong candidate for the worst of the year. It still comes close.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.0/5.0
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell
October 21, 2013
An intriguing premise, but the execution is a bit faulty, and it doesn't ultimately add up to much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Isaac Feldberg
We Got This Covered
October 19, 2013
Julianne Hough and Octavia Spencer give it their all, but uncharacteristically dismal writing from Diablo Cody leaves Paradise dead in the water.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 19, 2013
Paradise may be a movie paved with good intentions, but between its meandering nature, surface exploration of religion and roster of forgettable characters, it's more like motion-picture perdition.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 18, 2013
Diablo Cody has a new movie... but you'd hardly know it was her work, for all the bite it lacks.
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
October 18, 2013
Diablo Cody should've written a better script for her directing debut, or at least used her Oscar-winning instincts to not choose this one... isn't in the same snarky-lark league as Juno, nor as comically raw as Young Adult.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
October 18, 2013
A Vegas-set dramedy that begins as a spikey comedy only to evolve into precisely the kind of banal, self-improvement seminar that one of Cody's edgy heroines would snark endlessly through.
David Noh
Film Journal International
October 18, 2013
Some laughs and nice performances, but Diablo Cody's directorial debut -- affecting in spots -- too often reveals its shaky, obvious underpinnings.
Robert Levin
amNewYork
October 18, 2013
Most everyone's very nice and pleasant and it's all extremely boring, about as flavorful as dry toast.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 18, 2013
Cody's satiric knocks on Christians couldn't be more blundering and obvious. Yet her dialogue is often funny, and the unusual three-way friendship is refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 18, 2013
The script needed another draft. And the screenwriter needed another star - and a real director.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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