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  • 88
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Gripping documentary. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    What distinguishes Malcolm Clarke and Stuart Sender's film from the many similarly themed efforts that have preceded it is that it tells a morality tale of a man whose hubris partially led to his downfall and whose willingness to work for his Nazi overseers resulted in one of the most notorious propaganda films of the era. show more

  • 100
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Its uniqueness lies in its juxtaposition of happy faces and unhappy realities, of fleeting expressions of art and culture undone by daily brutality. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    While Prisoners of Paradise gives us but an impression of Gerron's state of mind, the film does a powerful job of showing us how deflated, small, and desperate this boisterous man had become. show more

  • 38
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    Frustratingly superficial. show more

  • 70
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The excuse given here that Gerron couldn't resist one last opportunity to direct, even under the most grotesque circumstances, is really no excuse at all. show more

  • 75
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Gerron's terrible film was never shown in the places it was meant for, but in Prisoner of Paradise it reveals a queasy corner of the Nazi mind that tried to imagine a concentration camp as it fantasized the inmates might have. show more

  • 80
    Ella Taylor L.A. Weekly

    An extraordinary documentary about the German entertainer Kurt Gerron, has been timed to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Week, but the film would also fit snugly on a double bill with "My Architect." show more

  • 80
    J. Hoberman Village Voice

    A fascinating and painful account of an entertainer trapped not only by his Jewishness but by his overwhelming need to make theater. show more

  • 80
    Ken Eisner Variety

    An important and smoothly mounted meditation on moral choices within the entertainment biz. show more

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