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Paradise Reviews

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June 22, 2016
Add Paradise to the list of Juno copycats as it takes Cody's own clichéd, heightened reality and unabashedly tries way too hard in doing so.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 10, 2014
Paradise is far from a bad start, but it's not the introduction Cody was probably capable of making.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 26, 2013
...a middling (yet watchable) vibe...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 11, 2013
"Paradise" is a very bland and forgettable film, which is not something you expect from Diablo Cody even on her bad days.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 7, 2013
An eminently compelling slice-of-life made all the more enjoyable by Julianne Hough's irresistible turn as the sympathetic, multi-shaded Lamb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 2, 2013
To me, a film about Las Vegas should never be boring. And that's what disappoints me most about 'Paradise.'
October 26, 2013
Savagely satirizing evangelical culture while pretty much not substituting anything else - unless you count Vegas as the proposed cure in question - in Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody's directing debut. In other words, sorry Paradise, you're no Juno.
October 25, 2013
Wild Vegas night of drinking, self-discovery is so-so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 24, 2013
Cody's fresh coming-of-age story keeps pulling back from blossoming into something a bit magical.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.2/10
October 23, 2013
The movie goes nowhere, and Ms. Cody's screenplay is relentlessly talky while standing still.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 21, 2013
Hough sleepwalks through Cody's worst effort to date as a writer and only supporting turns by the always-game Russell Brand and never-bad Octavia Spencer save the film from being a strong candidate for the worst of the year. It still comes close.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.0/5.0
October 21, 2013
An intriguing premise, but the execution is a bit faulty, and it doesn't ultimately add up to much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 19, 2013
Julianne Hough and Octavia Spencer give it their all, but uncharacteristically dismal writing from Diablo Cody leaves Paradise dead in the water.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
October 19, 2013
Paradise may be a movie paved with good intentions, but between its meandering nature, surface exploration of religion and roster of forgettable characters, it's more like motion-picture perdition.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 18, 2013
Diablo Cody has a new movie... but you'd hardly know it was her work, for all the bite it lacks.
October 18, 2013
Diablo Cody should've written a better script for her directing debut, or at least used her Oscar-winning instincts to not choose this one... isn't in the same snarky-lark league as Juno, nor as comically raw as Young Adult.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 18, 2013
A Vegas-set dramedy that begins as a spikey comedy only to evolve into precisely the kind of banal, self-improvement seminar that one of Cody's edgy heroines would snark endlessly through.
October 18, 2013
Some laughs and nice performances, but Diablo Cody's directorial debut -- affecting in spots -- too often reveals its shaky, obvious underpinnings.
October 18, 2013
Most everyone's very nice and pleasant and it's all extremely boring, about as flavorful as dry toast.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 18, 2013
Cody's satiric knocks on Christians couldn't be more blundering and obvious. Yet her dialogue is often funny, and the unusual three-way friendship is refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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