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  • Summary: Return to Paradise is a twisted thriller of passion and betrayal in which two men face the decision of a lifetime. (Universal)
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. 88
    The director, Joseph Ruben ("The Stepfather," "Sleeping With the Enemy"), uses a kind of flat, logical storytelling that leads us inexorably toward his conclusions.
  2. Return to Paradise is "Midnight Express" remade from the outside, as existential quandary. It has the moody, disquieting undertow of a true moral thriller.
  3. None of the moral ramifications of this dilemma is avoided, and to the film’s credit the behavior of the American press seems more questionable than the machinations of third-world justice.
  4. The film's cool, sober texture and its clever characters are often more interesting than the larger plot.
  5. 50
    What if director Joseph Ruben didn't resort to B-movie suspense tricks? What if the fine cast wasn't saddled with a shamelessly contrived script by Wesley Strick and Bruce Robinson? Then Return to Paradise would be a better movie, that's what if.
  6. The story raises challenging moral and legal questions but loses energy in a miscalculated romantic subplot.
  7. Unfortunately, the dramatic potential of such a moral quandary is left largely unmined in director Joseph Ruben's monotonous parlor game of will-he-won't-he. [14 Aug 1998, Pg. N.39]

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