Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)



Critic Consensus: Paul Blart: Mall Cop has some laughs, but its plot is flimsy and lacking in any sustained comic momentum.

Movie Info

A New Jersey rent-a-cop gets his moment to shine as the holidays approach and Santa's little helpers stage a coup at the local shopping mall in this comedy starring King of Queens' Kevin James. Paul Blart (James) is a single suburban dad attempting to make ends meet by working as a mall security guard. Paul takes his job very seriously; unfortunately the same can't be said for the shoppers he deals with on a daily basis. That all changes the day that Santa's little helpers shut down the mall and … More

Rating: PG (for some violence, mild crude and suggestive humor, and language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Kevin James, Nick Bakay
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 19, 2009
Box Office: $146.3M
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Critic Reviews for Paul Blart: Mall Cop

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (32)

Unmemorable, unfunny and unoriginal.

Full Review… | November 18, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

In places the plot sags a bit and some jokes don't quite hit their mark or tickle the funny bone as much as they're obviously meant to.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Top Critic

Shoot me now!

Full Review… | February 3, 2011
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Save for its dalliance with the everyman action movie, there's no surprises in Paul Blart: Mall Cop, another largely listless comedy from Sandler's Happy Madison production company.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

James is much better than a lot of his contemporaries at this, eschewing over-the-top clowning for actual humanity. But it all gets thrown out the window in the second half. Maybe he'll do better next time.

Full Review… | April 25, 2011

Neither good enough to to really cheer for nor bad enough to really care about trashing it, it exists in that room-temperature middle where nothing feels like it matters.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Audience Reviews for Paul Blart: Mall Cop

I liked this, sure its very childish, predictable, cheesy and we've seen it all before but its still humorous and doesn't take itself seriously (of course), so hey...what the hell.

James makes it funny, simple, I like Kevin James ('King of Queens') a lot. Like John Candy, John Belushi and Chris Farley his size gives his light-hearted, visual comedy skills a mega boost. He's a nice guy, easy going, makes you feel happy and comfortable with his average guy, blue collar persona.

The plot is utter trash, very stupid, a total 'Die Hard' parody in the second half (almost a spoof) which at times becomes a bit too close to serious and not funny. The whole hostage idea kinda spoils the comedy side of things, it should of remained just a 'Dumb n Dumber' style comedy to the very end. It all gets a bit moody and at times a tad dark, the movie forgets what its suppose to be here and there, methinks.

The whole concept at the start is funny, a mall cop who thinks he's a real cop in a mall, the scene where Blart stops an OAP in a buggy is brilliant, best scene, other things are very babyish eg. prat falls and drunk tomfoolery etc..That angle does lower the tone when it could of been a great 'Dodgeball' style adult comedy.

A slight shame because it could of been a solid classic spoof/parody comedy. Nevertheless its still a reasonably fun little film, good time if your with your mates...possibly a bit tipsy.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer



Kevin James' commitment to the roll and its funniest moments are enough to enjoy this charming, silly film.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

I was not at all interested in this film and saw it only by chance; however It was not as bad as I was anticipating though. It's obviously that silly slapstick style of comedy, but I found myself intrigued enough to want to see how the ending pans out.

Gregory Dark

Super Reviewer

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