• 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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Travis Hopson
Examiner.com

The emotional beats are lacking in any depth or insight, and Cody seems to be trying hard to be inoffensive.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 16, 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
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist

...it's an insipid confection of cloying hopefulness, bubblegum teen spirit and self-reflexive clever quips.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: D

September 5, 2013
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com

"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
Kate Erbland
Film.com
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Lacks the fresh, zingy immediacy of Diablo Cody's other works.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: 5.7/10

October 15, 2013
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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Paradise boasts the broadest, most saccharine tendencies of its writer and first-time director. In Cody terms, it's a doodle that can't be undid.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D

October 17, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Neither train wreck nor triumph, it's proof that the author of "Juno," "Jennifer's Body" and "Young Adult" retains an ear for pungently funny turns of phrase and intriguing blends of rage and forgiveness.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 17, 2013
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

The film smartly avoids the sort of cynical hijinks that characterize the majority of Vegas-set flicks, though it can't come up with anything more compelling to place in its stead.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

October 14, 2013
Robert Levin
amNewYork

Most everyone's very nice and pleasant and it's all extremely boring, about as flavorful as dry toast.

Full Review Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 18, 2013
John Hazelton
Screen International

An offbeat but curiously flat tale of self-discovery and belonging.

Full Review Source: Screen International

October 16, 2013
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell

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
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Cody's directorial debut will not leave you wanting more.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

October 17, 2013
Dann Gire
Daily Herald (IL)

Paradise, like Juno, isn't big on reflecting reality. But where the latter presented a consistent world view bumped up a few notches on the verbal interplay scale, the former is a bumpy, sketchy look at easily forgettable characters.

Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL) | Original Score: 2/4

October 17, 2013
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

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
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 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
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com

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
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
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
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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The problems with "Paradise," Diablo Cody's first directing effort and fourth produced screenplay, begin almost immediately ...

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 17, 2013
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