• Released
  • August 14, 1998
  • R , 1 hr 51 min
  • Drama
    Romance
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88

New York Daily News

By Dave Kehr
Directed with great skill and intelligence by Joseph Ruben, Return to Paradise, is a rare thing among today's movies a drama of conscience....
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The director, Joseph Ruben ("The Stepfather," "Sleeping With the Enemy"), uses a kind of flat, logical storytelling that leads us inexorably...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Return to Paradise is "Midnight Express" remade from the outside, as existential quandary. It has the moody, disquieting undertow of a true...
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
This movie has a first-rate script, and director Joseph Ruben ( "True Believer," "The Stepfather" ) knew exactly what to do with it.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
As returns go, Return To Paradise falls short of heavenly, but it does get to the stars -- at least three of them.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The film's ending is a little unanticipated, and, although there are a few too many surprise revelations in the last 20 minutes, they all...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
A potential problem with the movie is that it can be a challenge watching people hand-wringing over moral decisions. But the acting is so...
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70

Film Threat

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Although there are a few other flaws in the film (flaws that will not be mentioned since it would give away major plot points) and the lack...
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63

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Despite solid performances from the leads, it comes shrouded in a heavy cloud of ethics-class complications that makes it feel like a...
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
What if director Joseph Ruben didn't resort to B-movie suspense tricks? What if the fine cast wasn't saddled with a shamelessly contrived...
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Rated R | For language, drug content, some sexuality and a scene of violence