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Turistas (Paradise Lost) (2006)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 103
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 86

Beautiful scenery and cinematography can't save Turistas from its wooden acting and stale and predictable plot.


Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 26

Beautiful scenery and cinematography can't save Turistas from its wooden acting and stale and predictable plot.



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John Stockwell's thriller Turistas begins when vacationers end up stranded in a little Brazilian village after a bus accident wipes out their transportation. Although many in the group are experienced when it comes to unusual travel destinations, none of them are able to get a handle on this strange village. They soon come to realize that they are stranded somewhere with something much more dangerous than they could have imagined. Josh Duhamel, Melissa George, and Olivia Wilde co-star. ~ Perry


Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Mar 27, 2007


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All Critics (109) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (86) | DVD (21)

This is just a predictable slice of slasher porn set in an exotic locale.

December 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Touted as the first American production to be shot entirely in Brazil, Turistas may well be the last, if the country cares at all about its image.

December 2, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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[Director] Stockwell delivers too little of the dread and titillation this genre prescribes.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Turistas is a passport to a different kind of vacation hell.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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While comparisons to Hostel are inevitable Turistas rarely achieves its level of sustained menace and discomfort.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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It's fitting that, in a season in which Hollywood offers up its prestige pictures -- the ones it hopes will garner critics' prizes and Academy Awards -- Turistas should come along to offer a bit of contrast.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Under its glossy exterior and claims to be an extreme version, this is a generic and surprisingly tame horror offering.

August 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

Paradise Lost is an undemanding thriller with little in the way of invention and not much going on other than some impressive scenery and a few sweet racks.

November 3, 2012 Full Review Source:

Turistas is a beautifully shot tale of tropical terror that starts building an ominous vibe early on, but never really turns into a full-fledged gross-out like Hostel. Except for that one part.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

With a plot Frankensteined from the remains of "Hostel", "The Descent" and "Wolf Creek", "Turistas" was clearly never going to be on anyone's 10 best list.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source:

Brazil's tourist industry gets a bad rap in this horror-lite shocker that might just leave you rooting for the bad guy.

June 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

contains itself in insufferable artificiality

March 26, 2007 Full Review Source:

It's a film that's more likely to leave you confused and angry than frightened or inspired that something positive is happening in the horror genre.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

Merece ser ignorado por ser péssimo, não por ser uma "visão preconceituosa" do Brasil.

February 16, 2007
Cinema em Cena

TURISTAS seemed to have a fascinating, cautionary premise,but in execution, the movie turned out to be messy and decidedly unmemorable.

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Don't stay home out of fear of imagined atrocities in another country. Stay home from this movie instead.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

...brutally effective -- with an accent on the "brute."

December 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

As conflicted as the U.S. psyche: The movie locates the ghastly fates of its victims in the history of American arrogance, yet tells us to never trust a foreigner, even when she's in a bikini.

December 8, 2006
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Don't bother to buy popcorn, the sight of Josh Duhamel's abs and Melissa George's breasts should tide you over until Beau Garrett's pancreas and kidneys show up.

December 7, 2006
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)

If the filmmakers were trying to scare American kids into cultural isolationism, this would be a pretty good piece of propaganda for the cause.

December 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
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This is strictly 'Teenagers as Meat on the Hoof 101' stuff -- only more idiotic than usual.

December 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The fact that films like this are being made, and happily consumed by eager crowds, should be disturbing to anyone with a modicum of awareness.

December 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The only real message is that people who are nice to you in Brazil will end up either cutting you to bits, or introducing you to friends who will.

December 4, 2006 Full Review

All Turistas does for Brazil is insult it.

December 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

It's part Hostel, part The Harvest, part The Cave, and all bad.

December 2, 2006 Full Review Source:

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October 21, 2013
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This is a standard horror movie I guess. It's a play by play of every cliche in the horror genre. It doesn't even make sense really. I mean I just LOVE how in America the movies view other countries (like Brazil) as creepy towns filled with people who just want to kill you and take your organs. That's in every movie. Backpackers touring the world always get raped or maimed by villagers in a foreign country, it's quite offensive actually and really old. I'm so tired of seeing that. I mean when foreigners come to America do Americans kidnap them and harvest their organs to sell on the black market? No. So why do we make movies saying other countries do that? it's so messed up and I'm sooooo freakin tired of watching movies about that. So fucking unrealistic and not scary anymore.

But back to the movie---it sucked. The characters are all shallow and make really illogical decisions. "Let's follow this guy into the woods! Let's go in these underwater caves!" Really? You fucking retards. They all deserve to die.
May 14, 2012
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Turistas is an awful horror film that uses old cliches to try to create something new and refreshing. This film is poorly written with a script that doesn't work. The result is a film that tries too hard at being a scary horror film, however it's far from scary. The film suffers from a bad cast that don't do anything to thrill you or entertain you. The acting is painful, and you quickly realize that this is a waste of a horror flick, one that scraps the bottom of the barrel and one that tries far too hard at delivering scares. This is yet another awful horror film. What's wrong with the current state of horror is that instead of exploring new ideas and concepts, filmmakers create films with the same old boring formula. I hated this film, and didn't think it was a good film whatsoever. The cast of actors sucked and didn't deliver anything memorable or meaningful to the screen. Turistas is a terrible film that should never have been made. The film just tries too hard at trying to be scary, but it ends being silly.
Turistas is the perfect example of a poorly written horror flick, this film is too derivative of other films and with the poor cast, and poor story and poor directing, Turistas ends up being a dud. This film was terrible, and it's no mystery as to why I've seen this film in many bargain bins. Avoid this film if you enjoy real horror that delivers. The only thing that Turistas delivers is an awful filmgoing experience.
January 28, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Turistas or Paradise Lost, is a perfect example of what is wrong with modern American horror films. It feeds on irrational fear. I know America is a vast country, but only under 13% of Americans have a passport - these kinds of films only heighten this irrationality but also suggest a certain superiority that is often insulting. To this films credit, there are other nationalities represented here but unfortunately as a Brit (and from London) I'm slightly annoyed at the portrayal of the typical Brit as being a cockney twat. I'm sure Swedish viewers were just as insulted. Also, what is the murder rate in America again? It's xenophobia, pure and simple and I don't like it. Also, don't name your silly little horror film after one of the greatest libratory achievements of all time - I probably don't have to tell you that this film has nothing to do with John Milton - Although I bet John Stockwell will argue that it is about the fall of man in some ways but I would argue it is the fall of original thought/film making. It is, like others have said here, Hostel in Paradise. Still, all that said, to its credit it does attempt one thing that is usually woefully absent in most slasher films and that is character development - Although, only as far as the men are concerned, the women don't matter so much, just as long as they are running around in bikinis. The underwater cinematography is also very well done and earns this film a slightly higher rating than I want to give it. Do not attempt returning to England Desmond Askew , we'd rather you didn't return!
February 22, 2011

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