Stranger Than Paradise
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise is an odd, low-key comedy about trio of misfits--an everyday guy, his Hungarian female cousin, and his geeky best friend--who decide to take a road trip across the United States on the spur of the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 25, 1984
DVD Release Date: September 5, 2000
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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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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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Quentin Curtis
Independent on Sunday

Its tale of two immigrant boys and a visiting Hungarian cousin tasting the trivia of freedom is clear-eyed, wistful and funny.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a hipster version of Marty.

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Jay Antani

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.

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

Overrated but solid understated comedy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% 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
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
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
Christopher Mercer
A slick, gritty little film that had me truly appreciating for the work of Jim Jarmusch for probably the first time. This is a fervently realistic look at the… More