Stranger Than Paradise
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

Although Jim Jarmusch made his directorial debut with Permanent Vacation (1982), Stranger than Paradise (1984) marked his breakthrough as a major American filmmaker. One of the most deadpan comedies ever committed to film, Stranger than… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 5, 2000
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89%



Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Not a lot to it, certainly, but the acting and performances combine to produce an obliquely effective study of the effect of landscape upon emotion, and the wry, dry humour is often quite delicious.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a hipster version of Marty.

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Jay Antani
Filmcritic.com

the American Dream inverted, that its characters are carefree is a by-product not of sharing in the Dream, but of dealing with life on the margins.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a love-it-or-hate-it sort of endeavor.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

Jarmusch constructs from basic ingredients a complex of narrative symmetry and existential ennui pointing to something far more resonant than the sum of its parts.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Overrated but solid understated comedy.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's a unique, indelible and hilarious film, and certainly one of the best of its era.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... like a French New wave film by way of Bela Tarr, directed with a hipster American comic sensibility and an outsider's fascination with the details of the everyday.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

This austere, minimalist comedy put NY's East Village and Jim Jarmusch on the map, displaying unique sensibility and aesthetics (single long shots). Though only his second work, it's still Jarmusch's best picture--by far.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Considering that I have ADHD, it's a wonder that I'm able to sit through films that are slow paced and sometimes devoid of plot. I can't make it… More
Elvira B
<p>Stranger than Paradise can come off as shallow because it doesn't really say anything. There isn't enough dialogue that conducts to… More
Anthony Lawrie
Stranger than Paradise is a great example of Jim Jarmusch's sly deadpan humour that comes across so effortlessly hip and American cool. Bare in mind that… More
Tim Sigur
I think as weird as it may sound that I appreciate this movie more than like it. I think that some of the scenes are really great, but there are some that drag… More
Graham Jones
WIth minimal plot and cast, Jim Jarmusch creates a masterpiece on his first time out.
Pierluigi Puccini
As all of Jim Jarmusch works, the meaning of the story is kind of diffuse. however, this slow episodic drama has some very enjoyable moments of intimacy,… More