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Writer-director Diablo Cody (Academy Award (R) winner for Best Screenplay, Juno, 2007) delivers this hilarious tale of innocence lost and paradise found, starring Julianne Hough (Safe Haven), Octavia Spencer (Academy Award(TM) winner for Best Supporting Actress, The Help, 2011) and Russell Brand, Get Him to the Greek). After a nearly fatal accident, 21-year-old Lamb Mannerheim (Hough) is beginning to realize that the world is much bigger than her small, God-fearing Montana town. Armed with a big, fat insurance payout and a checklist of untried sins, there's only one place for her first… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie goes nowhere, and Ms. Cody's screenplay is relentlessly talky while standing still."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Cody has concocted a modern-day "Alice Through the Looking Glass," with none of the danger or wit."
‑ Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times
"Paradise is far from a bad start, but it's not the introduction Cody was probably capable of making."
‑ Jack Giroux, Film School Rejects
"An eminently compelling slice-of-life made all the more enjoyable by Julianne Hough's irresistible turn as the sympathetic, multi-shaded Lamb."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"Wild Vegas night of drinking, self-discovery is so-so."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"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."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The problems with "Paradise," Diablo Cody's first directing effort and fourth produced screenplay, begin almost immediately ..."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"...a middling (yet watchable) vibe..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"To me, a film about Las Vegas should never be boring. And that's what disappoints me most about 'Paradise.'"
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Cody's fresh coming-of-age story keeps pulling back from blossoming into something a bit magical."
‑ Norm Schrager, Paste Magazine
"The script needed another draft. And the screenwriter needed another star - and a real director."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Cody is an intermittently wonderful screenwriter but the fully realized characters and silver-needle wit of "Juno" and "Young Adult" are nowhere to be found in her debut as writer/director."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
""Paradise" is a very bland and forgettable film, which is not something you expect from Diablo Cody even on her bad days."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"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."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"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."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
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