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Paradise Hills

A mysterious boarding school perfectly reforms wayward girls to fit their surroundings' exact desires. When Uma (Emma Roberts) wakes up alone on this strange island called Paradise, she instantly suspects it’s anything but. Helmed by the Duchess (Milla Jovovich), Paradise Hills is a center for emotional healing that at its core serves as a reformatory-style boarding school for privileged young women. Yet behind the rose-covered pathways ... [+]
Author Review
United StatesUnited States F
Leslie Felperin
The Hollywood Reporter
"Words can't do justice to the truly lavish sets and costumes on display here which are so dazzling, intricate and bizarre they serve as a useful distraction from the awkward dialogue and plot holes"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Johnny Oleksinski
New York Post
"The major accomplishment of this movie is the production design (...) a simple bathroom will take your breath away"  NEU
United StatesUnited States F
Kate Erbland
"[It] has nothing new to say (...) [It asks] big questions about the nature of capitalism, patriarchy, and being yourself. It’s a lot to take in, and 'Paradise Hills' isn’t up to the task beyond presenting concepts"  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
Dennis Harvey
"It’s a distinctive, accomplished vision in purely aesthetic terms — though this vague feminist parable is considerably less well thought-out on the levels of storytelling, character definition and suspense."  NEU
United StatesUnited States F
Manohla Dargis
The New York Times
"Despite [Waddington's] shaky handle on the movie’s ideas and the appealing if uneven performances, Waddington holds your attention with visual beauty and humor"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Carlos Aguilar
The Wrap
"A magical sci-fi thriller with an empowering edge, which, though imperfect due to its ambitions, puts women in charge of their own destinies"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Nate Jones
"I don’t know if 'Paradise Hill' works well as the revisionist feminist fable Waddington intended, but as inspiration to generations of cosplayers to come, it’s fantastic"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Matt Goldberg
If 'Paradise Hills' put half the effort into its story that it does into costumes (...9 it would be a decent sci-fi film (...) Instead, it relies on weak twists that range from dull to laughably nonsensical."  NEG
United StatesUnited States F
Adi Robertson
The Verge
"It’s bizarre and often delightful. 'Paradise Hills' captures a futuristic fantasy aesthetic that feels familiar in video games, but fresh in movies."  POS
BelgiumBelgium M
Alfonso Rivera
"It’s an impeccably crafted film (...) [It] is lacking in nerve, in muscular tone and in energy in terms of its direction, and in boldness and originality in terms of script and acting performances."  NEU
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