Lawrence O'Toole
April 15, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Ruby in Paradise

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Ashley Judd, Todd Field, Bentley Mitchum
director
Victor Nunez
distributor
October Films
author
Victor Nunez
genre
Drama, Romance

We gave it a C+

Ashley Judd gives a convincing, affecting performance in Ruby In Paradise as an unskilled, alienated young woman trying to make a new life for herself in Florida, coping with sexual harassment and, eventually, unemployment. But while Judd, with her easy charisma, pulls you into the story, Victor Nunez’s ruminative, occasionally perceptive film has an artificiality at its core that keeps involvement at bay.

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