Critic scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
By the way, for reasons nobody bothers to explain, Las Vegas is played by New Orleans. Go figure. Read full review
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. Read full review
Though it's built around a kernel of tender feeling, the comedy never transcends its basic contrivance. Read full review
Paradise is a ringing disappointment. Cody shows some potential as a director, but her own script lets her down. Read full review
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. Read full review
The concept is rich with potential to offend yet after a promising opener Cody doesn't seem interested. Read full review
Cody shows promise as a director, paving over the bumpy patches with clever song choices, but needs to mix things up if she hopes to continue. Read full review
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