Paradise (2013)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 18, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 12, 2013
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Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rex Reed
New York Observer

The movie goes nowhere, and Ms. Cody's screenplay is relentlessly talky while standing still.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

Cody has concocted a modern-day "Alice Through the Looking Glass," with none of the danger or wit.

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

Add Paradise to the list of Juno copycats as it takes Cody's own clichéd, heightened reality and unabashedly tries way too hard in doing so.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

The problems with "Paradise," Diablo Cody's first directing effort and fourth produced screenplay, begin almost immediately ...

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Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects

Paradise is far from a bad start, but it's not the introduction Cody was probably capable of making.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

The script needed another draft. And the screenwriter needed another star - and a real director.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a middling (yet watchable) vibe...

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Flixster Audience Score: 30% Flixster User Reviews
Nate Zoebl
You're courting irony when you name your movie Paradise, as well as pained movie critic puns, but I had faith that Diablo Cody, stepping into the… More
Dann Michalski
A supposed inspirational comedy, Paradise tries to bring some heart to its satire. After renouncing her faith a burn victim takes off for Las Vegas to… More
Manu Gino
Charming and Heartfelt. Enjoyable Movie! While I did like the movie and I am glad I watched it, it wasn't really what I would call a laugh-out-loud… More
Christopher Haskell
Diablo Cody has more than proven her worth as a screenwriter, with "Juno" and "Young Adult" under her belt, but taking on the role of writer… More
Walter M.
In "Paradise," Lamb Mannerheim(Julianne Hough) has had her beliefs severely challenged by a near fatal plane crash that has left her with burns over… More