Retreat to Paradise

 (38)6.01 h 27 min2020X-Ray
Ellie tends to injured tennis star Jordan as he heals from a shoulder injury. He's selfish and miserable but with Ellie's help, both start to hope for a brighter future together.
Brian Brough
Melanie StoneCasey ElliottBrian Krause
English [CC]
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3.9 out of 5 stars

38 global ratings

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  2. 22% of reviews have 4 stars
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RomComConnoisseurReviewed in the United States on January 17, 2021
3.0 out of 5 starsslightly below average - not hated, not celebrated either, not on permanent watch list
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From the moment this started, I found myself searching for the right words to describe the dialog and story progression. At times I found the dialog a little bit choppy and unpersuasive. Sometimes it felt childish, in the "See dog run. See him run fast" genre. But in total it was acceptable - just OK.

Melanie Stone did pretty well. At times she reminded me of Natalie Portman. Casey Elliot did not perform at her level. I don’t know what it is about him. His facial expressions don’t adjust much for the mood of the moment. He seemed aloof and struggled to convince me, even after his character stopped being grumpy. Together they were lukewarm. To be kind, the leads were performing a mediocre screenplay. Supporting cast was fine. In general this deserves 2.9 stars, (slightly below average), but it is rounded up to 3. It is not to be hated, but not celebrated either, and not on my permanent watch list.

I would recommend one viewing. After that... What will you do?

Director Brian Brough has done way better. Just see "Timeless Love" - 5+ stars
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Marie J.Reviewed in the United States on January 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsA solid and enjoyable romance film
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For me, the connection between the two leads, Ellie and Jordan, was sincere and convincing. The plot revolves around a tennis pro, Jordan, injured in a car accident and currently in a place of deep self-pity, guilt, and some self-hatred which causes him to lash out at others. He fears not recovering and losing his career and yet he cannot seem to motivate himself or even believe in himself to foster the rehabilitation of his shoulder. Ellie, a physical therapist, is hired to help him. However, she arrives on the scene after the failure of a number of physical therapists before her. Jordan is critical of her from the beginning as she doesn't seem to fit his idea of a physical therapist. She seems too young and, therefore, probably without the necessary experience for his needs. He is demanding, but she is patient and caring. She believes she can help him, and she is motivated by that belief as well as the fact that she needs the work. She convinces him to give her a trial period, after which if there is no improvement, she will leave at her own expense. Her personality and her innovative therapeutic techniques win him over. In the meantime they are falling in love. There are the usual complications as in all romantic comedies or dramas, but love wins out in the end, as it should. She is the right person to help him get beyond the tragedy of the accident, which wounded more than his physical being. Getting past self-pity and guilt take time and love. This love story helps us to understand that both time and love are gifts. Jordan realizes the gift of Ellie in his life and we are made happy by his realization. I know I will watch this film again. It's not available to buy, but I would add it to my collection of Hallmark films should it become available.
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Big MommaReviewed in the United States on March 31, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsBeautiful Fiji and sweet story
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I really enjoyed this story because I had an injury that required physical therapy, treatments that anyone who is injured should be able to have. It makes a big difference which can be a life-changing difference. Today, I am 80% back to 'normal' functioning, but it was a slog. Facing the discomfort and pain, you need a person who's professional and knowledgeable. It is boring, it is painful, but it's the only way to make progress. Time can only heal so much, work has to take care of the rest.

The therapist in the film is caring and empathetic. Her patient is resistant and complaining. The therapy has to happen anyway! That they develop romantic feelings for each other is not unexpected and they don't particularly match up well, personality-wise, but love happens anyway!

Fiji is beautiful. It's not real life for these visitors (it's resort life). What a place!
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deesnapReviewed in the United States on April 26, 2021
3.0 out of 5 starsSuper clean movie...
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Other than that, it’s downhill. There’s not enough depth to the script, and what there is didn’t have a single surprise or plot twist.. it was all completely predicatable. The lead male was thoroughly unbelievable as a top seed tennis one with that defeatist, disinterested attitude could succeed at that level. And then there’s the off camera plot resolution that is not shared with the audience...a very big “no, no.” If you want a clean, inoffensive movie to loop in a Christian office setting, this would be it.
claireReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars:(
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Spoiler* I don't know who makes me more upset. Him for treating her awful or her for allowing him to treat her like that. I know this is just a movie but i can not help but to imagine how destructive this relationship would be i be in real life. He is a self absorbed athlete that blames his problems on the world and does not realize it is up to him to make a difference in his life. She is just another punching bag (not literally but emotionally) .
Arizona BuckeyeReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2021
4.0 out of 5 starsFun and clean film
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This movie is a fun, fictional story about a physical therapist with a spoiled client patient.
It does not accurately show true rehab of a shoulder injury, but does have an interesting predictable
story. I enjoyed watching it with the family.
DVReviewed in the United States on February 28, 2021
4.0 out of 5 starsWorth the watch
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The best thing about this movie is Melanie Stone. Saw her first in “Love, Lost & Found” (also worth the watch). Her character was so different I didn’t recognize her at first—I hope we see more of her in Hallmark.
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Jack KnealeReviewed in the United States on June 7, 2021
1.0 out of 5 starsHorrible Movie
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This movie has dramatic music playing the entire time in the background. Whoever made this movie must be the biggest drama queen. The movie is literally about drama being made out of nothing, literally nothing. Its about super entitled rich people that would throw a fit if they ordered a well done steak, and it came out well done. The guy with the injury is such a miserable person, that anybody wouldn't let him talk to them like that. very unrealistic movie. Its a lie that this movie has 4 stars. Don't let the false reviews con you into watching this sad joke of a movie.
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