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Paradise Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 26, 2013
...a middling (yet watchable) vibe...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dustin Putman
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
Norm Schrager
Paste Magazine
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
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 18, 2013
The script needed another draft. And the screenwriter needed another star - and a real director.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Orndorf
October 17, 2013
Sentiment doesn't adhere, but the simplicity of the picture is agreeable, with Cody refusing to make the film laborious just to add weight.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Matt Pais
October 17, 2013
Nice to see Cody on a more entertaining track, coating the yellow brick road with her own brand of bitter glitter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
October 17, 2013
A funny, sweet story about a young woman coming to terms with her personal beliefs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
October 15, 2013
The movie fits around its heroine the way a shell fits its turtle-it's like she secreted it.
Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage
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-
Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
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
Jeff Beck
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
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 2, 2013
To me, a film about Las Vegas should never be boring. And that's what disappoints me most about 'Paradise.'
Prairie Miller
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.
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 25, 2013
Wild Vegas night of drinking, self-discovery is so-so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 23, 2013
The movie goes nowhere, and Ms. Cody's screenplay is relentlessly talky while standing still.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Tallerico
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
Stephen Silver
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
Isaac Feldberg
We Got This Covered
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
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 18, 2013
Diablo Cody has a new movie... but you'd hardly know it was her work, for all the bite it lacks.
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