Paradise: Love Reviews

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
May 31, 2013
The striking compositions mingle childlike curiosity with adult decadence -- and natural beauty with garish consumer culture -- to provocative, even profound effect.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 23, 2013
That churning in your stomach may be unpleasant, but it's necessary for the film to deliver its knockout punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
May 3, 2013
The whole affair curdles into a feeling of unearned, defensive superiority.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 2, 2013
Ulrich Seidl: sadomasochistic provocateur or compassionate observer of the human condition?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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New York Times
May 2, 2013
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
April 26, 2013
One of the most disturbing films I've seen in a very long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
April 26, 2013
Seidl sternly rejects nuance. All the women are crude and insensitive, all the men are desperate and exploited.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 25, 2013
A tour de force of meticulous cruelty, a comic melodrama that elicits laughter and empathy and then replaces those responses with squirming discomfort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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April 25, 2013
Paradise: Love is startlingly frank if narratively underdeveloped.
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David Fear
Time Out
April 23, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 23, 2013
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.
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Karina Longworth
L.A. Weekly
May 18, 2012
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
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Guy Lodge
Time Out
May 18, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 18, 2012
Ultimately, Paradise: Love seems interested only in making you wince, not in making you think.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
May 18, 2012
Ulrich Seidl's look at female sex tourism is compelling up to a point, and then just numbing.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
May 18, 2012
Repulsive and sublimely beautiful, arguably celebratory and damning of its characters, it's hideous and masterful all at once.