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  • Summary: Set in World War II Singapore, this is the story of several European women who are imprisoned by the Japanese and seek solace from the horror of their imprisonment by forming a vocal orchestra. (Fox Searchlight)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. 88
    The exceptionally strong cast showcases American, British, and Australian actresses, all of whom show an astonishing willingness to appear in physically unflattering circumstances (no makeup, hair and skin caked with drying mud).
  2. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    70
    Though carefully rendered from a historical perspective, this powerful account of female friendship and bonding under the most cruel conditions lacks the narrative focus and dramatic shapeliness to generate emotional excitement.
  3. In trying to keep track of everybody while providing enough melodrama to sustain an atmosphere of controlled terror, Paradise Road stumbles all over itself and never really finds its center.
  4. A warmhearted horror show that puts cliched movie people into a realistic situation, the signals it sends out are nothing but mixed.
  5. A big problem in the beautifully shot movie, with top-billed Glenn Close heading a fine ensemble cast, is that there are too many characters.
  6. 40
    Ultimately, Paradise Road is one of those well-intended films that doesn't completely succeed because it shortsightedly believes that its eloquent subject matter is enough, in and of itself, to create a memorable moviegoing experience.
  7. 38
    It settles for the recycled emotions of the past despite the fact "Schindler's List" has forever made such treatment shamefully passe. [18Apr1997 Pg.03.D]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. JudeM.
    Apr 19, 2006
    8
    Immensely moved, especially by the fact that original scores which survived the camp were used for the vocal orchestra.
  2. Oct 16, 2012
    6
    With a lack of tension in the resiliency of the women, there is little in the way of overall tension nor, ultimately, point in their endless suffering. Expand
  3. Jun 20, 2012
    0
    The only 'good' thing about this movie was the Vocal Orchestra that helped to uplift spirits on both sides of the war. This is a good movie if you want to cry for most of it. Not so good if you have to study it for English Expand

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