Reel Paradise
Reel Paradise (2005)

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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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 2, 2005
DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The travails of the Piersons as they try to adjust to a radically different culture while introducing American cinema to it makes for amusing viewing.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Highly watchable.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

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.

Ethan Alter
Film Journal International

A fascinating study in cross-cultural communication, as well as a deeply personal examination of family dynamics.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The director's visit wasn't long enough to fully humanize this culture clash, but some of the movie's conclusions seem universal.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Tthe comic fallout from his quixotic mission keeps Reel Paradise watchable.

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Boston Phoenix

What is learned? Not so much how cultures impinge on each other as how cinema shapes our lives.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

An amusingly damning portrait of a man trying to impose his will on a world that, really, has better things to do.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

The results stay with you, like memories of an unexpected and surprising vacation.

Scott Renshaw
Salt Lake City Weekly

Though these scenes may have energy, they're also mostly noise -- distractions from a collection of scenes without a driving force.

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