Escobar: Paradise Lost
Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015)

For Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro), family is everything. When young surfer Nick (Josh Hutcherson) falls for Escobar's niece, he finds his life on the line when he's pulled into the dangerous world of the family business. (C) TWC… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 31, 2015
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A genre film that gets a lift above mediocrity thanks to an overripe performance by Benicio del Toro as a slovenly, charismatic king of blow.

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Jordan Adler
We Got This Covered

Tense, if a little tame given its explosive subject, Escobar: Paradise Lost benefits from a suspenseful final act and a menacing Benicio del Toro

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Stephen Silver

"The problem is, it's not really Escobar's story at all- it's the story of some random white dude named Nick"

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

A suspenseful and labyrinthine tale that, while fictional, is both suspenseful and insightful.

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

Benicio Del Toro's performance is showy, a great actor's parade of indulgences that occasionally sets the deranged camp tone that should have been the narrative's starting point.

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Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

While not a true Escobar biopic, it's still a solid thriller with a strong turn by Benicio Del Toro.

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Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto

Paradise Lost's main focus is Josh Hutcherson's fictional and bland Canadian surfer boy Nick. We see Escobar filtered through his perspective, which is like trying to enjoy a dark roast Colombian coffee brewed at Tim Hortons.

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Travis Hopson

Will probably be remembered for teasing how amazing a true Escobar film could be with Del Toro.

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David D'Arcy
Screen International

Del Toro in the role of the portly coke king raises this narco kill-fest above the level of a film made according to a cook book.

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