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Paradise: Love Reviews

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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 25, 2013
A tour de force of meticulous cruelty, a comic melodrama that elicits laughter and empathy and then replaces those responses with squirming discomfort.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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April 25, 2013
Paradise: Love is startlingly frank if narratively underdeveloped.
Kam Williams
April 24, 2013
What happens in Nairobi, stays in Nairobi!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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David Fear
Time Out
April 23, 2013
It's a tribute to Tiesel's ray of humanity that this chapter underlines its subtitle while still getting its unflinching message across.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 23, 2013
It might be the most lonesome film about a tropical vacation we've seen, and the greatest film ever made about the weird socioeconomics of tourism.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 23, 2013
An engrossing and creative Austrian film about the yearnings of a lonely middle-aged woman seeking adventure at a vacation resort in Kenya.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine
April 23, 2013
It often seems more intent on spelling out its awareness of the politics involved than in lingering on the aching human engaged in the libidinal transactions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Mohan
February 7, 2013
A sad story about the difficulty individuals face when trying to establish relationships across vast cultural and economic gulfs.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emanuel Levy
August 11, 2012
Thematically, this chronicle of sex trade tourism is similar to Laurent Cantet's Heading South, but stylistically it's different--rigorously conceived and visually impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jon Frosch
May 30, 2012
Formally rigorous, but it tosses around the same few ideas about mutual exploitation, racism, and sex for two hours without getting anywhere deeper or more revealing.
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
May 23, 2012
Fearlessly acted by Margarete Tiesel, Love makes its often cruel points about colonialism and exploitation quickly and effectively, then bangs them home at repetitive length.
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
May 21, 2012
Paradise: Love flits nimbly between humour and sadness, and treats potentially ponderous themes such as sex, race and the rancid legacy of colonialism with a welcome light touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Gallagher
Film School Rejects
May 19, 2012
Grotesque and too openly provocative for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Karina Longworth
L.A. Weekly
May 18, 2012
It would be fitting with Seidl's apparent project if Paradise (Love) was, in some sense, a documentary of its own making. But that doesn't make its facile ironies about still-pervasive, post-colonial exploitation and dehumanization any more enlightening
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Guy Lodge
Time Out
May 18, 2012
At 120 minutes, the director perhaps luxuriates in our discomfort a little too long, but it's still a relief to be on our side of the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 18, 2012
Ultimately, Paradise: Love seems interested only in making you wince, not in making you think.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Peter Bradshaw
May 18, 2012
Does the film tell us anything we didn't know already? And could anyone expect anything but the most straightforward irony in the title? The answer to both questions is no -- but there is undoubted technique, and an authorial address to the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
May 18, 2012
Ulrich Seidl's look at female sex tourism is compelling up to a point, and then just numbing.
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Leslie Felperin
May 18, 2012
Repulsive and sublimely beautiful, arguably celebratory and damning of its characters, it's hideous and masterful all at once.
Allan Hunter
Screen International
May 18, 2012
Leaves the impression that no matter how striking the aesthetic, Seidl is really not telling us anything we don't know already.
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