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Paradise: Love Reviews

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Mark Jenkins
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Paradise: Love is startlingly frank if narratively underdeveloped.

Full Review Source: NPR

April 25, 2013
Kam Williams

What happens in Nairobi, stays in Nairobi!

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/4

April 24, 2013
David Fear
Time Out New York
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It's a tribute to Tiesel's ray of humanity that this chapter underlines its subtitle while still getting its unflinching message across.

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

April 23, 2013
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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It might be the most lonesome film about a tropical vacation we've seen, and the greatest film ever made about the weird socioeconomics of tourism.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 23, 2013
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An engrossing and creative Austrian film about the yearnings of a lonely middle-aged woman seeking adventure at a vacation resort in Kenya.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 23, 2013
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine

It often seems more intent on spelling out its awareness of the politics involved than in lingering on the aching human engaged in the libidinal transactions.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 23, 2013
Marc Mohan

A sad story about the difficulty individuals face when trying to establish relationships across vast cultural and economic gulfs.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

February 7, 2013
Emanuel Levy

Thematically, this chronicle of sex trade tourism is similar to Laurent Cantet's Heading South, but stylistically it's different--rigorously conceived and visually impressive.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B-

August 11, 2012
Jon Frosch

Formally rigorous, but it tosses around the same few ideas about mutual exploitation, racism, and sex for two hours without getting anywhere deeper or more revealing.

Full Review Source: France24

May 30, 2012
Geoffrey Macnab

Fearlessly acted by Margarete Tiesel, Love makes its often cruel points about colonialism and exploitation quickly and effectively, then bangs them home at repetitive length.

Full Review Source: Independent

May 23, 2012
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

Paradise: Love flits nimbly between humour and sadness, and treats potentially ponderous themes such as sex, race and the rancid legacy of colonialism with a welcome light touch.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

May 21, 2012
Simon Gallagher
Film School Rejects

Grotesque and too openly provocative for its own good.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: C-

May 19, 2012
Karina Longworth
L.A. Weekly
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It would be fitting with Seidl's apparent project if Paradise (Love) was, in some sense, a documentary of its own making. But that doesn't make its facile ironies about still-pervasive, post-colonial exploitation and dehumanization any more enlightening

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

May 18, 2012
Guy Lodge
Time Out
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At 120 minutes, the director perhaps luxuriates in our discomfort a little too long, but it's still a relief to be on our side of the screen.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

May 18, 2012
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
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Ultimately, Paradise: Love seems interested only in making you wince, not in making you think.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

May 18, 2012
Peter Bradshaw

Does the film tell us anything we didn't know already? And could anyone expect anything but the most straightforward irony in the title? The answer to both questions is no -- but there is undoubted technique, and an authorial address to the audience.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

May 18, 2012
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
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Ulrich Seidl's look at female sex tourism is compelling up to a point, and then just numbing.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

May 18, 2012
Leslie Felperin
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Repulsive and sublimely beautiful, arguably celebratory and damning of its characters, it's hideous and masterful all at once.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 18, 2012
Allan Hunter
Screen International

Leaves the impression that no matter how striking the aesthetic, Seidl is really not telling us anything we don't know already.

Full Review Source: Screen International

May 18, 2012
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: B-

August 11, 2012
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