Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Oct 15, 2013
    57
    A directorial debut composed of many of the filmmaker’s trademarks (strong women, pop cultural-heavy dialogue, a difficult subject matter made light by way of wit) that still manages to disappoint when it comes to the final product.
  2. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Oct 22, 2013
    50
    By the way, for reasons nobody bothers to explain, Las Vegas is played by New Orleans. Go figure.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Oct 17, 2013
    50
    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. Even former star Brand has learned to dial back his manic mugging, though maybe not quite enough.
  4. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Oct 17, 2013
    50
    Though it's built around a kernel of tender feeling, the comedy never transcends its basic contrivance.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Oct 17, 2013
    50
    Paradise is a ringing disappointment. Cody shows some potential as a director, but her own script lets her down.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Oct 16, 2013
    50
    Of all the possible ways Diablo Cody’s directorial debut might fail, perhaps the least likely was that it would be innocuous enough to potentially bore the audience into a stupor.
  7. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Oct 15, 2013
    50
    There's something to be said for fiction that, in its form, dares to resemble life as it's lived. Our minor failings and chemical imbalances certainly shape our stories. This troubled yet promising debut gets that much right.
  8. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Oct 14, 2013
    50
    The film smartly avoids the sort of cynical hijinks that characterize the majority of Vegas-set flicks, though it can't come up with anything more compelling to place in its stead.
  9. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Oct 15, 2013
    42
    The concept is rich with potential to offend yet after a promising opener Cody doesn't seem interested.
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Oct 13, 2013
    40
    Cody shows promise as a director, paving over the bumpy patches with clever song choices, but needs to mix things up if she hopes to continue.
  11. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Oct 17, 2013
    30
    Like much of Ms. Cody’s work, Paradise plays out in quippy sound bites, only this time they feel entirely unsuited to Lamb’s sheltered background.
  12. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Oct 16, 2013
    25
    Destined to please only "Rock Of Ages" fans who wished Hough and Brand had more screen time together, Paradise boasts the broadest, most saccharine tendencies of its writer and first-time director. In Cody terms, it’s a doodle that can’t be undid.
  13. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Sep 6, 2013
    25
    Paradise is neither a good film nor is there any evidence it was a good script.
  14. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 17, 2013
    20
    Ultimately, Paradise is a tiny version of a saint’s journey among sinners, an immature conception. Peramb-you-later, Lamb.
  15. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Oct 15, 2013
    20
    If mean-spirited snarksters had set out to trash the reputation of "Juno" screenwriter Diablo Cody, they couldn’t have done a more vicious job than the Oscar winner herself does with her directorial debut.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 18, 2013
    5
    I love Julianne Hough so I went to see this movie. Needless to say I was a little disappointed- the storyline was very predictable & actingI love Julianne Hough so I went to see this movie. Needless to say I was a little disappointed- the storyline was very predictable & acting was so-so. You know when you go to a movie and you're so involved in the story that you forget they are acting- I was hoping for this but it was just the opposite. Save your money. Full Review »