Ticket to Paradise: reviews, run time, cast, plot, trailer and more

Julia Roberts and George Clooney in Ticket to Paradise
(Image credit: Universal Pictures)

Ticket to Paradise sees Julia Roberts and George Clooney back together on the big screen. 

Not only are we excited to have the pair together again one of the biggest new movies in 2022, but we're also thrilled to have them back in the rom-com space. It’s hard to believe that Notting Hill star Roberts hasn’t been in a romantic comedy in over two decades and we’re glad to see her back at it. 

The duo has a long history of working together, dating back to 2001’s Ocean’s Eleven and the sequel Ocean’s Twelve (2004), along with 2016’s Money Monster

This time around they’re playing a divorced couple going to great lengths to keep their daughter from making the same mistakes they did, only it doesn’t go quite as planned. Much of the movie’s charm (as evidenced by the trailer) comes from seeing the hilariously contentious relationship between Roberts and Clooney as they try to work together no matter how hard it is to be in close proximity to each other. 

What to Watch reviewed Ticket to Paradise and called it a "return ticket to the classic rom-com."

Ticket to Paradise has a run time of one hour and 44 minutes.

Here’s everything we know about Ticket to Paradise.

Ticket to Paradise reviews

Ticket to Paradise is proving to be one of those movies that was generally panned by critics but loved by audiences. As of this writing, the movie is sitting on a 56% from 144 critics on Rotten Tomatoes, but it's at 80% from the audience. 

It has an IMDB Metascore of 51, with an IMDB rating of 6.4/10.

Chris Knight of the National Post had this to say: "Ticket to Paradise is an old-school rom-com from start to finish. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel or even give it particularly fresh treads but, to be fair, it’s clearly not trying to either."

Rolling Stone's David Fear offered this: "While no one could accuse Ticket to Paradise of being a 'great' movie, or even a 'very good' one, there’s something about watching Clooney and Roberts butt up against each other in front of a screen-saver background that scratches a long-dormant itch."

Ester Zuckerman of Bloomberg didn't love the movie, but offered this: "Watching Ticket to Paradise, the new starry theatrical rom-com, you may occasionally find your mind drifting. Hey, you might think, if nothing else, George Clooney and Julia Roberts got a great vacation out of this experience. I bet they had fun."

How to watch Ticket to Paradise 

Ticket to Paradise was released exclusively in theaters on October 21 in the US and on September 20 in the UK. The UK release date was changed from September 16 out of respect to The Queen.

The movie will be available to stream on Peacock 45 days after its theatrical run.

What is Ticket to Paradise about? 

Ticket to Paradise is the story of a former married couple, played by Roberts and Clooney, who travel to Bali to prevent their daughter, Lily (played by Kaitlyn Dever), from marrying a guy she’s just met. She’s head over heels in love with him and her parents believe that she’s about to make a big mistake. 

They agree to team up to present a united front against their daughter’s plan to get married, but things don't go to plan at all. 

Who is in the Ticket to Paradise cast? 

Julia Roberts and George Clooney topline the cast of Ticket to Paradise. Joining them are Kaitlyn Dever, Billie Lourd (Star Wars: The Last Jedi ), Lucas Bravo, Amanda O’Dempsey, Murran Kain, Vanessa Everett and Rowan Chapman. 

We don’t yet have specifics on character names, but we’ll be sure to update them as they’re available. 

Roberts recently spoke with The New York Times about returning to romantic comedies after so much time away from the genre. When she saw the script for Ticket to Paradise, she knew there was only one way it would work: with George Clooney. "Lo and behold, George felt it only worked with me. Somehow we were both able to do it, and off we went."

Is there a trailer for Ticket to Paradise? 

Not surprisingly, the trailer for Ticket to Paradise sets up the entire movie. Bitter divorced couple trying to "save" their daughter, only to discover that working together again isn’t as bad as they thought it would be. Kind of. There’s still a lot of bickering and mayhem, which makes the movie all the more endearing.  

Sarabeth Pollock
Editorial Content Producer


Sarabeth joined the What to Watch team in May 2022. An avid TV and movie fan, her perennial favorites are The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, true crime documentaries on Netflix and anything from Passionflix. You’ve Got Mail, Ocean's Eleven and Signs are movies that she can watch all day long. She's also a huge baseball fan, and hockey is a new favorite.  

When she's not working, Sarabeth hosts the My Nights Are Booked Podcast and a blog dedicated to books and interviews with authors and actors. She also published her first novel, Once Upon an Interview, in 2022.