Reel Paradise (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Reel Paradise (2005)



Critic Consensus: The travails of the Piersons as they try to adjust to a radically different culture while introducing American cinema to it makes for amusing viewing.

Movie Info

Reel Paradise tells the story of John Pierson's family at the end of a year-long adventure on a remote island in Fiji where they ran the 180 Meridian Cinema, showing free movies to the locals.more
Rating: R (for language including sexual references, and brief crude humor)
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Steve James
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 14, 2006
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Critic Reviews for Reel Paradise

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (20)

Highly watchable.

Full Review… | October 25, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

The director's visit wasn't long enough to fully humanize this culture clash, but some of the movie's conclusions seem universal.

Full Review… | October 25, 2005
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

An amusingly damning portrait of a man trying to impose his will on a world that, really, has better things to do.

Full Review… | October 21, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The Piersons are warm, funny people, and most of Reel Paradise shows them comically bickering with each other and laughing at the absurdity of the whole project.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

Tthe comic fallout from his quixotic mission keeps Reel Paradise watchable.

Full Review… | September 24, 2005
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The results stay with you, like memories of an unexpected and surprising vacation.

Full Review… | September 22, 2005
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Reel Paradise


Overlong but intermittently fascinating documentary about indie film producer John Pierson, who uprooted his family for one year to open and operate a movie theatre in remote Fiji. What sounds and begins as rather cutesy turns out to be a rather tense, layered exploration of culture clash.


A documentry about a family who moves to fiji for a year and run a movie theater to show american free movies. It is actually more of a family drama than it appears. There are many parts that are interesting like the teenage daughter going through a rebelious stage and envious of the locals.

Jeff Heruth

documentary about a family who moves to Fiji to run a movie theater. He shows them free to the public and runs both mainstream and independent movies. They showed Jackass to them one night and the crowd loved it.

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