It's very simple, really: this movie is depressing, and little else. It's sad, it's slow, it's boring, and nothing makes up for it. There's little of note to see here besides the ridiculousness of global policies, and while that may be true, why would anyone in their right mind want to sit through such drivel? The high critic ratings I assume are mostly based on how depressing the movie is rather than its artistic, creative, inspiring, ambitious, or any other sort of entertaining value, because this film has none. Whatever praise I would normally give to actors is diminished by the contrived nature of the writing preventing any sort of logical progress from moving forward, and their broken delivery. Whatever enjoyment I had in the beginning is quickly and permanently shot down. The ending does not suffice. It was released during a time when movies like these were seen as Oscar-worthy, so I can see why a major production company would invest 14 million dollars in it, but I'm glad they lost 6. Hopefully the failure of paradise will lead to less of it in the future.