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Return to Paradise Reviews

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David Rooney
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It's a painful prospect, to be sure, and Sheriff, in particular, insists he's no hero, but the next hour or so of handwringing conjures little suspense.
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Globe and Mail
July 12, 2002
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
What if director Joseph Ruben didn't resort to B-movie suspense tricks? What if the fine cast wasn't saddled with a shamelessly contrived script by Wesley Strick and Bruce Robinson?
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
If it's to be experienced at all, Return to Paradise is best seen as a lively piece of pulp, not a profound exploration of the vagaries of the human soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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USA Today
January 1, 2000
| 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
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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
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
January 1, 2000
This is a major example of a good idea, one that could have worked, being submitted to a Hollywood tag-team makeover.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The best performance in the film belongs to Anne Heche, who continues to impress with her range. Her work here is passionate, and she effectively conveys the inner conflict of a woman whose divided loyalties tear at her soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Like Sheriff and Tony, we're pulled both ways by the story: We want them to go back and save Lewis, but we're not exactly sure we'd do the same. That's the Prisoner's Dilemma in a nutshell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Entertainment Weekly
August 14, 1998
Full Review | Original Score: B+