• PG-13, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Diablo Cody
    In Theaters:
    Oct 18, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 12, 2013
  • RLJ Entertainment/Image Entertainment


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Paradise Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a middling (yet watchable) vibe...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 26, 2013
Dustin Putman

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 Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 3/4

November 7, 2013
Norm Schrager
Paste Magazine

Cody's fresh coming-of-age story keeps pulling back from blossoming into something a bit magical.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 6.2/10

October 24, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The script needed another draft. And the screenwriter needed another star - and a real director.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 18, 2013
Brian Orndorf

Sentiment doesn't adhere, but the simplicity of the picture is agreeable, with Cody refusing to make the film laborious just to add weight.

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: B-

October 17, 2013
Matt Pais

Nice to see Cody on a more entertaining track, coating the yellow brick road with her own brand of bitter glitter.

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

October 17, 2013
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

A funny, sweet story about a young woman coming to terms with her personal beliefs.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 3/4

October 17, 2013
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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The movie fits around its heroine the way a shell fits its turtle-it's like she secreted it.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 15, 2013
Jeff Beck

"Paradise" is a very bland and forgettable film, which is not something you expect from Diablo Cody even on her bad days.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 2/5

November 11, 2013
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

To me, a film about Las Vegas should never be boring. And that's what disappoints me most about 'Paradise.'

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

November 2, 2013
Prairie Miller

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.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

October 26, 2013
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Wild Vegas night of drinking, self-discovery is so-so.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

October 25, 2013
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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The movie goes nowhere, and Ms. Cody's screenplay is relentlessly talky while standing still.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2/4

October 23, 2013
Brian Tallerico

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 Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 1.0/5.0

October 21, 2013
Stephen Silver

An intriguing premise, but the execution is a bit faulty, and it doesn't ultimately add up to much.

Full Review Source: EntertainmentTell | Original Score: 2/5

October 21, 2013
Isaac Feldberg
We Got This Covered

Julianne Hough and Octavia Spencer give it their all, but uncharacteristically dismal writing from Diablo Cody leaves Paradise dead in the water.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 2/10

October 19, 2013
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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 Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 19, 2013
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Diablo Cody has a new movie... but you'd hardly know it was her work, for all the bite it lacks.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

October 18, 2013
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

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 Source: Tampa Bay Times | Original Score: C-

October 18, 2013
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity

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.

Full Review Source: Television Without Pity

October 18, 2013
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