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Trouble in Paradise Reviews

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Variety Staff
October 6, 2008
Despite the Lubitsch artistry, much of which is technically apparent, it's not good cinema in toto.
Christopher Null
November 5, 2003
A couple of visual gags are still on target and the acting is swell, but on the whole the story is too simple, too flat, and too uninteresting to stand the test of time.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 3, 2001
It is about people who are almost impossibly adult, in that fanciful movie way -- so suave, cynical, sophisticated, smooth and sure that a lifetime is hardly long enough to achieve such polish. They glide.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fernando F. Croce
December 23, 2013
The distillate of Lubitsch's cinema of insinuation and evanescence
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 3, 2001
If one considers that motion picture sound had only been in place for three years when Trouble in Paradise was made, the level of sophistication it shows is astonishing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
March 16, 2004
This is, without a single word of hyperbole, one of the most taut scripts and perfectly-executed pieces of comic direction in the history of film.
Read More | Original Score: 92/100
Dan Jardine
April 28, 2006
What sticks with you long after the movie is over is the terrific, European cosmopolitan humour, and unrelenting sexiness of it all
Full Review | Original Score: 92/100
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 3, 2006
The lighthearted Depression-era comedy clearly has the famed Lubitsch touch.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 3, 2001
The situations are adult. The sexual innuendo is pointed and unmistakable. There's a golden glow to the print, and the actresses are extraordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 10, 2003
This comedy of jewel thieves is itself the prize sparkler of Lubitsch's enterprising career.
Derek Smith
Apollo Guide
October 9, 2003
'The satire is sharp, the comedy is witty and urbane, and the characters are so full of life it feels as if they might just walk off the screen.'
Read More | Original Score: 92/100
Michael S. Smith
April 4, 2003
Trouble in Paradise is full of perfectly executed scenes.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 25, 2002
I have no qualms in calling Trouble in Paradise Lubitsch's best film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
April 2, 2001
Trouble in Paradise (1932) is generally considered producer/director Ernst Lubitsch's greatest film...
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
May 20, 2003
In virtually every scene the lively imagination of the German producer shines forth and it seems as though he were the only person in Hollywood who could have turned out such an effective entertainment from such a feathery story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Charles Taylor
November 5, 2003
It's a movie that feels both of its time and ahead of all the times that have followed.
Emanuel Levy
August 7, 2005
Read More | Original Score: A
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 4, 2009
It's possible to prefer other Ernst Lubitsch films for their more serene stylings and more plangent emotions, but this 1932 production is probably the most perfectly representative of his works.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
February 4, 2009
Not a false note in the whole piece. The performances, visuals and screenplay are all exsquisite.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

TV Guide
April 3, 2001
For over 70 years, this sparkling comedy has been unmatched in the realm of sophisticated, continental farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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