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: 52% 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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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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James Hadfield
Japan Times

It's a shame that Escobar: Paradise Lost devotes so much screentime to its invented hero, because the portions with del Toro can be very fine indeed.

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Brian Tallerico

[Del Toro is] really very good here, as he almost always is, no matter the quality of the film around him. The rest of the movie? Not so much.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

The highlight here is Benicio del Toro's tamped-down but precise performance as a man who has made himself into a god.

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Marija Loncarevic

There are few actors that commit to their roles as much as Benecio Del Toro... as he demonstrates quite spectacularly at times as one of the most infamous drug-lords of the past century in Escobar: Paradise Lost.

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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
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
Jesse Ortega
I quite enjoyed this movie even though it has no basis in actual fact and it doesn't use as much of Escobar's 'exploits' if you will in… More
Maymay Asahan
It could have been a topnotch Escobar biopic especially with Benicio Del Toro's gripping performance. Maybe the addition of Josh Hutcherson's… More