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  • 30
    David Rooney The Hollywood Reporter

    Superficially provocative but ultimately pointless, this is one punishing vacation. show more

  • 60
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Teresa's doggedness parallels the movie's own. Paradise: Love would be more compelling if it had a second act in which either its protagonist or one of her boy toys came to some sort of realization. Instead, Seidl's strategy is to reiterate and escalate, which is finally more exhausting than illuminating. show more

  • 90
    Jordan Hoffman

    I spent the bulk of Paradise Love mimicking Edvard Munch’s “The Scream.” It’s been a long time since I’ve seen such a disturbing film. show more

  • 75
    Diego Costa Slant Magazine

    It often seems more intent on spelling out its awareness of the politics involved than in lingering on the aching human engaged in the libidinal transactions. show more

  • 25
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    Seidl sternly rejects nuance. All the women are crude and insensitive, all the men are desperate and exploited. Despite copious full-frontal nudity, it’s an unrelievedly puritanical and didactic film. show more

  • 80
    David Fear Time Out New York

    The importance of Tiesel’s performance here can’t be overstated, and even during what is easily the most excruciating birthday-party scene involving cock ribbons ever, the actor lends an incredibly profound sense of sorrow to the film’s pitilessness. show more

  • 80
    Robbie Collin The Telegraph

    Paradise: Love flits nimbly between humour and sadness, and treats potentially ponderous themes such as sex, race and the rancid legacy of colonialism with a welcome light touch. show more

  • 60
    Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

    Does the film tell us anything we didn't know already? And could anyone expect anything but the most straightforward irony in the title? The answer to both questions is no – but there is undoubted technique, and an authorial address to the audience. show more

  • 60
    Tom Dawson Total Film

    Though it covers similar thematic ground to Laurent Cantet’s haiti-set "Heading South," Seidl’s gruelling film proves his knack for leaving viewers emotionally discomfited. show more

  • 83
    Jessica Kiang The Playlist

    Challenging, complex and frequently ugly, Paradise: Love is a ruthless exploration of how unlike our everyday selves we can behave when we’re "on holiday," and how much that illuminates who we really are. show more

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