Paul Reviews

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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 25, 2011
Well, that's one joke. Ninety more minutes to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
March 21, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 21, 2011
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 19, 2011
Paul is arguably the best science fiction comedy since Galaxy Quest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 18, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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March 18, 2011
A good-hearted, funny movie.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 18, 2011
The results, it must be said, are less hi-larious than sporadically mid-to-low-larious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 18, 2011
In the end - as well as the middle and maybe even at the outset - Paul is more often a close encounter of the middling kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 18, 2011
The results are, again, not-quite-brilliant but funny enough.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 18, 2011
Beam us up, Scotty. There's no intelligent life here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 18, 2011
'Paul' is more a bagful of giggles. Rogen is a nonstop hoot, but it's the byplay between Frost and Pegg that roots the laughs in characters we care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 18, 2011
It's more than occasionally cute, if less than consistently clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 18, 2011
What has happened to Pegg? Why does he mug so? Why can't he relax and let the audience come to him, rather than auditioning for our affection with every reaction shot?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 18, 2011
Set your humor-detection capacitors for moderate to above-average intake levels. I haven't laughed this much since maybe last Monday, but that was a particularly strong Monday.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 18, 2011
How could so many talented people collaborate on something so dull?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 18, 2011
While Frost is particularly well-cast, most of the actors seem to be having fun. You will, too, as long as you arrive with lowered expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 18, 2011
Here's a movie that teeters on the edge of being really pretty good and loses its way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 17, 2011
What makes the film largely work, despite its occasional slackness and over-trodden terrain, is its overall affability (and smutty words).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 17, 2011
This is a well-made, well-plotted and sensitive movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 17, 2011
After the sharp bite and harsh light of most American-style guy-based funny films today, "Paul" comes as such sweet relief.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
March 17, 2011
It's not out of this world, but Paul is just spacey enough to convince us the truth is out there. And buzzed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 17, 2011
[Pegg and Frost'] successes seem to have functioned as a supermagnet, attracting not only the skilled comedy director Greg Mottola but a supporting cast that could sustain two or three movies on its own.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
March 17, 2011
Think of Paul as a love letter to fanboys, especially the variety that knows the standards well enough to hoot along every time a sci-fi hit rings up a reference.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 17, 2011
"Paul" gets messy in places and is a bit overlong, but overall it's great fun; so much so that you wonder why the makers of dreary Hollywood comedies don't take a look at this and realize that yes, you can make a funny movie without gross-out humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 17, 2011
Because of the lethargic pace, cheeky jokes become positively jowly. And the easy lampoons of rednecks and bible thumpers beg to be called "Close Encounters of the secondhand."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 17, 2011
Missteps aside, there are lots of good ideas packed into the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 17, 2011
Not bad, but certainly not good; classify the movie as lazy fun.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
March 17, 2011
Paul is a little sloppy and a little sappy, but the filmmakers' passion for their subject matter carries it over the occasional rough spot.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 17, 2011
Never achieves the exhilarating feat of exemplifying the types of Hollywood movies it wants to unpack. The airline's lost their luggage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 17, 2011
There's simply no cure for the fundamental laziness behind "Paul," which amounts to a recycling program for tired gags about nerds, gays, nervous-nelly Brits, dumbass Yanks and little green men.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
March 17, 2011
A simple, entertaining road-trip movie that doesn't ask us to do much more than strap in and enjoy the trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 17, 2011
Somewhere between high concept and lowbrow humor, "Paul" hits the sweet spot of a genuine heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
March 17, 2011
A celebration of sci-fi flicks, fanboys and good, old-fashioned bromance, "Paul" is a thoroughly enjoyable road trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 16, 2011
Finds its own shambling, syncopated rhythm.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
March 16, 2011
What's frustrating is how consistently the film waffles between the inspired and the inept.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
March 15, 2011
That's not to dismiss Paul's simple pleasures -- if nothing else, its fondness for sex and drugs and four-letter words rescues its references from the soft hands of wee ones into which they've fallen of late.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
March 15, 2011
What happened here?
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
March 14, 2011
It's C-minus work from people who normally deliver A-level efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
February 23, 2011
Part bromance, part sci-fi spoof and all a bit disappointing.
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
February 9, 2011
There are plenty of giggly gags but also a hint of diminishing returns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
February 7, 2011
A sci-fi spoof for everyone with funny encounters that will require close attention.