Looking for Palladin
Looking for Palladin (2008)

Hollywood talent agent Josh Ross is sent to Guatemala to lure an old Hollywood star, Jack Palladin, out of retirement. Arrogant Josh gets frustrated by the slower pace of life in Guatemala and disregards the community's interests, even… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 5, 2008
DVD Release Date: March 22, 2011
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Rex Reed
New York Observer

A small movie with a big, big actor.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

A semicoherent, overacted mélange of travelogue, farce and suds

Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Suffers from an unfunny, unmoving, stilted and often meandering screenplay which can't be saved by Ben Gazzara's engaging and charismatic performance.

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Michael Ordoña
Los Angeles Times

Looking for Palladin meanders around Antigua (Guatemala) at a leisurely gait and enjoys the presence of Ben Gazzara in its central role. That's about all there is to find, however.

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Aaron Hillis
Time Out

We've seen enough movies to know Joshua will stop being a jerk after he learns the true meaning of Christmas, but it's almost impossible to disparage such genuine warmth.

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

The unsubtle approach to a lead character--a crude, motormouth Hollywood talent agent--sinks this otherwise often watchable comedic drama about a show-biz fish out of water in quaintest Guatemala.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Looking for Palladin has a split personality. It starts as a comedy but morphs into an icky family melodrama. It should have stuck with the yuks.

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Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice

Requiring cuts, some sense of direction, and dialogue that doesn't either declare or dither, the film looks like it was fun to make.

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Diego Semerene
Slant Magazine

Apart from Gazzara's brilliant, effortless performance, everything is a little cartoonish in Looking for Palladin.

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