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Paul (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 196
Fresh: 140 | Rotten: 56

It doesn't measure up to Pegg and Frost's best work, but Paul is an amiably entertaining -- albeit uneven -- road trip comedy with an intergalactic twist.

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 16

It doesn't measure up to Pegg and Frost's best work, but Paul is an amiably entertaining -- albeit uneven -- road trip comedy with an intergalactic twist.

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite for the comedy adventure Paul as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first

Aug 9, 2011

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Well, that's one joke. Ninety more minutes to go.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (20)
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The film has some laughs. But it also has a million jokes about anal probes, alien genitalia, and people thinking Clive and Graeme are gay. These guys can do better than this.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comments (8)
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The CGI alien is very well articulated, and Rogen is a virtuoso at mixing motormouthed rudeness with a hint of tenderness to take off the edge.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comments (5)
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Paul is arguably the best science fiction comedy since Galaxy Quest.

March 19, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (7)
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This is not quite enough of a conceit to sustain a full-length movie -- Paul would have made a terrific short film -- but there are incidental pleasures all along the way.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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A good-hearted, funny movie.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: NPR | Comments (2)
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It's raunchy but harmless

September 4, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

This is a nerd movie made by n00bs.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

A sort of comedy homage to seminal sci-fi movie culture from the 80s, Paul never takes itself too seriously and is a lot of fun.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Passable f-bomb riddled fanboy fare, a bit of a comedown from Frost and Pegg's British movies.

January 15, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Paul is probably the closest thing to Spaced that Pegg and Frost have made since Edgar Wright closed the book on Tim & Daisy.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

It's not a bad film by any means, it was just slightly disappointing especially when you take into account the talents of Pegg and Frost.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Surprisingly smart and filled with homage, Paul is crass and a little rough around the edges, but thoroughly enjoyable.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

Vale mucho más la pena ver (o volver a ver) alguno de los antecedentes de la dupla Simon Pegg y Nick Frost, como Shaun of the dead, Hot fuzz o la serie Spaced.

December 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

... A very funny movie with its heart in the right place.

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

A refreshingly rollicking, sweetly raunchy comedy about a little green dude just trying to get home.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

The comic targets and the central manchildren bromance all feel overly familiar...Still, Paul benefits from Pegg and Frost's British comedic slant and the full complement of comedic talent... [Blu-ray]

August 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Paul is slacker than the duo's previous efforts, but the gags still come thick and fast.

June 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Pegg and Frost shoehorn in so many one-liners taken from other movies they're like embarrassing uncles at a wedding who have bet they can add a sci-fi twist to every conversation.

June 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Comments (2)

It's not the comedy of the year, but it counts as a fun night out at the movies.

May 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

The poster is cute, the trailer cuter. "Paul" the movie? Don't ask.

May 4, 2011 Full Review Source: CinemaDope
CinemaDope

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are two guys who know what they like and whenever they turn their hands to writing a script, you can feel that enthusiasm in every line.

May 1, 2011 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

Pegg and Frost have been better, but Paul is still good for a few laughs.

April 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Film Fix
Daily Film Fix

With so much reliable talent involved in this film it is extremely disappointing that it is only a mildly amusing comedy with a smattering of reasonably fun science-fiction references.

April 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

While not as consistently funny or sharp as their previous pairings, Paul is a heartfelt tribute to friendship, what lies beyond the stars, and being a nerd.

April 18, 2011 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

It is not that Paul is in any way a bad movie. It is just a very average one.

April 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia) | Comments (6)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Paul

Two English comic book nerds on the road in the American mid west have a close encounter with a stranded alien and decide to help him evade capture by the sinister Men In Black who are pursuing him. The epic ongoing bromance between Simon Pegg and Nick Frost becomes an extra-terrestial menage-a-trois with the addition of Seth Rogen's chain smoking, smart mouthed E.T. in this amusing road movie from the Spaced school. Essentially a homage to John Carpenter's Starman with added dashes of Close Encounters and E.T., Paul has that easy going charm and feel good factor that most American nerd comedies completely miss; there's something much more likeable about a British geek for some reason (maybe it's just because I can relate...) Pegg and Frost play off each other as effortlessly as ever to the point where if I were Pegg's agent I'd make sure he was manacled to Frost on a permanent basis to prevent any more whorish forays into Hollywood schmaltz and dimwitted guest appearances. Paul contains all the same ingredients that made hot Fuzz and Shaun Of The Dead work so well and although some of the humour is a little juvenile it's funny far more often than it's not. Containing the obligatory quotes and references every sci-fi trainspotter will enjoy, this is very much more of the same from the everyone's favourite partners in nerd, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
August 13, 2013
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With an all-star cast including: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Sigourney Weaver, and many, many more, you cannot go wrong with this amazingly clever road trip/extra-terrestrial film! Paul is a comedy rip-off of Close Encounters of the Third Kind and pays tribute to all great sci-fi films as the movie progresses. Throwing in original comedy for a change, Paul is a fantastic laugh piece that I will remember for years to come. This may quite possibly be the best film of this short year, which is funny, because comedy it sort of stealing the show in 2011 at the moment. Paul is rip-roaring fun and everyone should see it!
June 16, 2013
KJ Proulx

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Full review coming soon.
March 17, 2013
danperry17

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Despite being constantly compared to their masterpieces 'Shaun of The Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz', both Pegg and Frost have a film with its own perks, making 'Paul' very funny and watchable. With so many references to films, its worth a watch just for the sake of trying to spot them. With a nice cast, featuring Jason Bateman, Blythe Danner, Jane Lynch and even Sci-Fi legend, Sigourney Weaver. This cast is then topped with the superb voice acting from 'Pineapple Express's Seth Rogen. For Pegg and Frost fans, this won't top their other work, but does follow similar rules, mainly constant references to their genre. This is worth a try for all Science-Fiction fans.
January 1, 2013
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    1. Graeme Willy: How can I understand you; are you using some sort of neuro-language router?
    2. Paul: Or, maybe I'm speaking English, you fucking idiot!
    – Submitted by The Artist Formerly Known a (15 months ago)
    1. Graeme Willy: Why would Jesus want to shoot Charles Darwin?
    – Submitted by Tom D (15 months ago)
    1. Moses Buggs: The Good Lord is the only doctor she'll ever need.
    2. Agent Zoil: Copy that!
    – Submitted by Tom D (15 months ago)
    1. Graeme Willy: No, no he's not evil, he's just a bit rude.
    – Submitted by Tom D (15 months ago)
    1. Gus: You guys should of givin her four tits
    2. Graeme Willy: That's just sick!
    – Submitted by Connor N (16 months ago)
    1. Adam Shadowchild Fan: Can you sign my book?
    2. Adam Shadowchild: Did you write it?
    3. Adam Shadowchild Fan: No.
    4. Adam Shadowchild: Then fuck off.
    – Submitted by Connor N (16 months ago)
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