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Based on 22 Reviews
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  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    Not sure we need to know this much about his family life. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The result is a gorgeous, third-person version of an extended family-vacation movie that the Piersons, their friends and their former Fijian neighbors can enjoy for years to come. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    It's an engrossing and often very funny tale. show more

  • 88
    Chicago Tribune

    Since Reel Paradise doesn't make the mistake of lionizing Pierson while it keeps up with him and his family, the results stay with you, like memories of an unexpected and surprising vacation. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The Piersons went, they showed movies, they returned. Taveuni is more or less the same. But by living and coping together for a year, the family is probably stronger and richer. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    While type-A Pierson worries about his projectionist showing up and a break-in at his family's home, his wife frets that the mass importation of American films will contaminate the local culture. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    An amusingly damning portrait of a man trying to impose his will on a world that, really, has better things to do. show more

  • 70
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    "Survivor" meets "Cinema Paradiso"in this wonderfully entertaining documentary about a film fanatic's quest to bring Hollywood movies to a remote South Sea island. show more

  • 70
    Film Threat

    An honest look at the experience of a family who lives a yearlong tropical movie adventure on a remote island in Fiji. show more

  • 78
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    True, the melodrama on display here can't compare to the likes of Larry, Moe, Curly, and the cannibals, but then this goofily charming quartet of Western outsiders is far more real than reel. show more

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