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Return to Paradise

  • Rated R

drama, thrillers

They had been three buddies living the high life in a foreign land. Two return to the U.S. and learn years later that their friend is in a Malaysian prison. Will they Return to Paradise?

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Vince Vaughn finally gives a performance putting him in the serious actor category, Joaquin Phoenix is notable and Anne Heche is believable as the impassioned attorney fighting for the life of her client.

- Anthony Miele, Film Threat, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: The real discovery ... is Vince Vaughn, who didn't make as much of a splash in Jurassic Park: The Lost World as he was expected to. Now he does.

- Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday, January 1, 2000


- David Rooney, Variety, Thursday, February 23, 2012

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Coincidentally, got to see 2 movies focusing more or less on someone dealing with the fear to go to prison. While one movie (The 25th Hour) was a disappointment, this one was an amazing experience. The scene depicting Joaquin Phoenix's condition in the prison was brilliant. Joaquin Phoenix played that part incredibly well, keeping it simple, sans any overacting. Highly recommended. SPOILERS: The ending was what I though it'd be, but it didn't happen the way I thought. My idea was that ultimately Lewis (Joaquin Phoenix) would ask Sheriff (Vince Vaughn) and Tony (David Conrad) to not to admit their part in crime & return. He wishes to be hanged because he feels that he'd never be able to get back to what he was (completely sane) after the bitter years he spent in prison. He now looks up on his execution as his freedom. While I found the actual ending equally okay, my only problem was with the all-of-a-sudden "media" twist which was a bit hard to digest. Overlooking that, it was wonderfully done.

- imrealgod, Tuesday, May 18, 2010

5 stars

This movie was amazing, one of Vince Vaugn's best movies.

- KevinTheMovieManiac, Monday, December 1, 2008

3 stars

Good film, towards the end was really sad but realistic. Good performances by Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, and Joaquin Phoenix.

- Chosen718, Wednesday, February 13, 2008