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: June 26, 2015
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Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its focus drifts frustratingly away from the titular druglord, but Escobar: Paradise Lost remains a mildly diverting drama, thanks largely to Benicio del Toro's glowering performance.

Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

Escobar: Paradise Lost, as promising as it often is, feels like two barely connected half-movies.

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Mark Jenkins

Hutcherson, who's best known for being overshadowed by Jennifer Lawrence in the Hunger Games series, is equally dominated here. But that suits the unequal relationship of guileless Nick and calculating Pablo.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The fact that the filmmakers felt the need to manufacture a Canadian surfer character to be the 'mainstream' moviegoer's likable, trustworthy guide through Escobar-land is a revealing and presumptuous demonstration of racial/cultural myopia.

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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times

When you have the fortune of landing an actor like Del Toro, it's almost criminal to spend so much time watching the scales fall from an innocent's eyes when we could be watching a master actor convey quiet, sleepy-eyed, mumbling menace.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Benicio del Toro is a looming, larger-than life presence in this smaller-than-it-deserves, 1980s drama.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Menacingly entertaining.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Nick might usurp most of the screen time, but it's Mr. Del Toro, face flickering from benevolent to vicious and body heaving with literal and symbolic weight, who seizes the film.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

The suspense that Di Stefano generates in the film's final hour is genuine, and the action gripping.

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Kate Muir
Times [UK]

The movie contains a subtly crazed performance from Benicio del Toro as Escobar: one moment fooling around with his children in the hacienda swimming pool, fondling his gold taps, the next executing his enemies.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
So what that Escobar is not the protagonist, when Del Toro's magnetic presence looms over the whole film like a terrifying menace and we are offered a… More