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Paradise Reviews

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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-
Travis Hopson
Examiner.com
September 16, 2013
The emotional beats are lacking in any depth or insight, and Cody seems to be trying hard to be inoffensive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist
September 5, 2013
...it's an insipid confection of cloying hopefulness, bubblegum teen spirit and self-reflexive clever quips.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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
Examiner.com
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
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Kate Erbland
Film.com
October 15, 2013
Lacks the fresh, zingy immediacy of Diablo Cody's other works.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.7/10
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
October 17, 2013
Paradise boasts the broadest, most saccharine tendencies of its writer and first-time director. In Cody terms, it's a doodle that can't be undid.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 17, 2013
Neither train wreck nor triumph, it's proof that the author of "Juno," "Jennifer's Body" and "Young Adult" retains an ear for pungently funny turns of phrase and intriguing blends of rage and forgiveness.
| Original Score: 2/4
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
October 14, 2013
The film smartly avoids the sort of cynical hijinks that characterize the majority of Vegas-set flicks, though it can't come up with anything more compelling to place in its stead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Levin
amNewYork
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
John Hazelton
Screen International
October 16, 2013
An offbeat but curiously flat tale of self-discovery and belonging.
Stephen Silver
EntertainmentTell
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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 17, 2013
Cody's directorial debut will not leave you wanting more.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
October 17, 2013
Paradise, like Juno, isn't big on reflecting reality. But where the latter presented a consistent world view bumped up a few notches on the verbal interplay scale, the former is a bumpy, sketchy look at easily forgettable characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
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.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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
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
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
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
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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