Reel Paradise
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Reel Paradise tells the story of John Pierson's family at the end of a year-long adventure on a remote island in Fiji where they ran the 180 Meridian Cinema, showing free movies to the locals.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Highly watchable."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The Piersons are warm, funny people, and most of Reel Paradise shows them comically bickering with each other and laughing at the absurdity of the whole project."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"A fascinating study in cross-cultural communication, as well as a deeply personal examination of family dynamics."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"Ultimately, it's the movies shown that make Reel Paradise so buoyant, for it speaks to the universality of a medium we often take for granted."
‑ Stephen Schaefer, Boston Herald
"A funny fly-on-the-wall account of how the Piersons ingratiated themselves to the community, with uneven results."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"The director's visit wasn't long enough to fully humanize this culture clash, but some of the movie's conclusions seem universal."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Tthe comic fallout from his quixotic mission keeps Reel Paradise watchable."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"What is learned? Not so much how cultures impinge on each other as how cinema shapes our lives."
‑ , Boston Phoenix
"Unfortunately, the Piersons can be so unpleasant that watching them misbehave in Taveuni becomes a chore."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"its scattershot structure makes it disappointing and its preeminent focus on the social problems the Piersons encounter grows tiresome"
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"An amusingly damning portrait of a man trying to impose his will on a world that, really, has better things to do."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The results stay with you, like memories of an unexpected and surprising vacation."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Though these scenes may have energy, they're also mostly noise -- distractions from a collection of scenes without a driving force."
‑ Scott Renshaw, Salt Lake City Weekly
"I found the 10 days of free films to be the intriguing part of Reel Paradise and the Piersons' life to be something more interesting to them than to me."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"You are buoyed by the purity of the islanders' responses to some of what Pierson shows them: the Three Stooges, Buster Keaton and, most delightedly, Jackass: The Movie."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
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