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Return to Paradise Reviews

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Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Anthony Miele
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Vince Vaughn finally gives a performance putting him in the serious actor category, Joaquin Phoenix is notable and Anne Heche is believable as the impassioned attorney fighting for the life of her client.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
January 24, 2005
Involving drama about our responsibilities to others.
Dragan Antulov
July 28, 2004
The acting is generally good -- Vaughn is very convincing as a man forced to make a difficult decision, while Joaquin Phoenix even more convincingly plays a man condemned to die.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Return to Paradise is precisely the kind of film I tend to like; one which could go many ways, and one which, if done right, could have a true and profound moral. And it didn't dissapoint.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Leonard Schwarz
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Fine, low-key performances by Ann Heche as the attorney and Vince Vaughn and David Conrad as the two men she must persuade help sustain our interest in the characters. But after the wrong turn, the story feels as forced as it once was exciting.
| Original Score: 3/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
As disturbing as it is excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Clint Morris
September 18, 2002
Truly Unforgettable. A tour-de-force for Phoenix.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
The whole thing is quite thought provoking, and it's well written even though there are some flaws in the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Globe and Mail
July 12, 2002
| Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 2, 2002
What one ambitious person does in New York City affects the deliberations of a judge in Malaysia.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
A quiet, thoughtful movie about hard moral choices, truth, love, accountability, crime, punishment and friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The real discovery ... is Vince Vaughn, who didn't make as much of a splash in Jurassic Park: The Lost World as he was expected to. Now he does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Phoenix, who was memorable in To Die For, is unearthly here as a man reduced to a wraith by miserable prison conditions and hopelessness. As an actor, he seems to have abandoned his body entirely in order to communicate only through his spirit.
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
Although we've been conditioned to want something to cheer about in the last reels of moral thrillers, this picture is all the more satisfying and memorable because it eschews these expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
January 1, 2000
Solid premise filled with a plethora of moral dilemmas, this film rocks you through the gamut of emotions on the strength of its superb casting and genuine performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
An intelligent and adult look at people making hard choices in the real world.
Full Review | Original Score: high +3 out of -4..+4
Susan Granger
January 1, 2000
Anne Heche is the hot-wire here. Her waifish sensuality sparkles yet she never loses her downright determined edge. She is a stunning actress.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000
A largely intriguing drama whose by-the-numbers paces are elevated to a higher level by the strong acting ensemble.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Though the clock ticks relentlessly enough to sustain the story's tension, the film finally seems to be a character study in search of a gripping plot.
| Original Score: 3/4

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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David Rooney
February 23, 2012
Bob Thompson
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Ray Pride
January 1, 2000
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
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