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  • 20
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Ultimately, Paradise is a tiny version of a saint’s journey among sinners, an immature conception. Peramb-you-later, Lamb. show more

  • 57
    Film.com

    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. show more

  • 50
    Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times

    Paradise is a ringing disappointment. Cody shows some potential as a director, but her own script lets her down. show more

  • 50
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    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. show more

  • 50
    Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine

    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. show more

  • 50
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    By the way, for reasons nobody bothers to explain, Las Vegas is played by New Orleans. Go figure. show more

  • 50
    Mike D'Angelo The Dissolve

    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. show more

  • 20
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    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. show more

  • 25
    Rodrigo Perez The Playlist

    Paradise is neither a good film nor is there any evidence it was a good script. show more

  • 50
    Alan Scherstuhl Village Voice

    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. show more

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