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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)
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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. 50
    What should have been an affecting film becomes a rank blend of sentiment and sadism in the hands of Bruce Beresford, the Australian writer and director.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff(not credited)
    50
    It's strange to imagine the subject of World War II a now no-brainer in the same league as sequels and old TV show-spinoffs, something safe and familiar in light of its new, "inspiring" spin. But that's the only way to explain the existence of this otherwise pointless picture.
  6. 40
    A queasy union of savagery and uplift, the film ought to be unnerving. Instead, it finally becomes routine. [18Apr1997 Pg. C.07]
  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 endlessWith 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 ifThe 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 Collapse

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