Critics Consensus: Paul Blart: Mall Cop Isn't Arresting

Summary

This week at the movies, we've got a guard with insecurity (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, starring Kevin James); pampered pooches (Hotel for Dogs, starring Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin); a crazed killer (My Bloody Valentine 3D, starring Jensen Ackles and Jaime King); Brooklyn's finest (Notorious, starring Jamal Woolard and Angela Bassett); and wartime heroics (Defiance, starring Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber). What do the critics have to say? Back to Article

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eric w.

eric wildt

This weekend I am going to hear Eastwood tell some thugs to get off his lawn. I am also going to eat some snack food while watching some stoners get chased by the man.

Jan 15 - 04:51 PM

collex

Alex D.B.

This week, I wanna see either The Wrestler or Revolutiaary Road. If I can't see those two, probably Defiance or Gran Torino.

Jan 15 - 05:15 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

I would say go with The Wrestler (its my fav of the year), but don't be too sad if you end up with Grand Torino and Revolutionary Road because those are both REALLY good. Lucky for me I got a 5 day weekend! So tomorrow I am going to see Defiance because its Edward Zwick and Blood Diamond got mixed reviews and people called that cliche and solemn and I really liked Blood Diamond so I think I will like it. I am also going to see Notorious, while I am not a rap/hip hop fan I have always liked Biggie Smalls and I don't know too much about him so I will see that too, and it helps that EW and Ebert gave it really good reviews though there off at times I think. I am going to see The Reader I think this weekend too. I do kind of want to see My Bloody Valentine, it could be fun but I probably wont see it anytime soon, but I wouldn't mind seeing Jaimie Kind fully fleshed out in 3D!

Jan 15 - 05:37 PM

niall1

Niall Cavanagh

NOTORIOUSSSSSSSSS

thats the only movie that matters this weekend since revolutionary road and the reader arent playing in my city yet and i saw gran tarino on tues..

and YES JOKERBOY! im glad someone still has some love for roger ebert..

Jan 15 - 07:16 PM

Nathaniel

Julian DeBerry

Let me know what you think of The Reader. I just got back from seeing it and was amazed. I think it's one of the years best films.

Jan 15 - 07:57 PM

Bane Of Anubis

C M

Definitely could have been better... RF's character was good, but KW's character came across too much as a prideful simpleton, which provides nothing but Oprah drama (i.e., it seems dramatic on the outside, but when you delve into it, it's kind of hollow). I guess that's the character arc she had to have to make the movie work.

That being said, the ending nicely mirror RF's feelings; not sure if that was intentional - it kind of seemed like they weren't sure how to wrap it up.

Jan 16 - 12:36 PM

collex

Alex D.B.

Strangely Bane of Anubis, it's Ralph Fiennes character I found bland and Kate Winslet'one I loved. I just found that Ralph Fiennes was in contrast with his role as a nazi (in Schindler's List and Harry Potter)i.e.: really too slow and not there, like if he was day-dreaming all the time

The younger version of the character, especially at the begginning of the movie, was very good however. I can imagine how hard that kind of role can be (the actor wasn't even 18 yet and he got to play nude with Kate Winslett?)

All in All, it's 7/10 for the Reader, mainly for Kate Winslet and the subject matter.

Jan 17 - 07:43 AM

Bane Of Anubis

C M

Yeah, RF's character was bland, but I found him far more believable... KW did a good job with her role and her character provided more 'verve' to the movie, but the character's simplicity was too far-fetched for me and not complex enough to merit serious consideration (i.e., when I leave a movie like this, I expect there to be some sort of emotional conflict within me - between right and wrong... RF's character did that for me. KW's didn't).

Jan 18 - 02:25 PM

collex

Alex D.B.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

My theater didn't have The Wrestler or Revolutionnary Road yet, unfortunately. (The manager told me they will be next week. I'm already excited!) So I went to see Defiance. Not bat at all, loved the fact that the movie talk about a unknown story. Some plot points were underdevelloped (wich made for some cliché), wich was disapointing considering the director's past work (Blood Diamond) but the acting was good. I also loved how the characters were not typical Hollywood heroes. They are harsh, vengeful, autoritative and very human. a 7,75/10

Jan 17 - 07:34 AM

Zaraki

Rick V

Mall Cop bad? WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED! I knew that was coming from the moment it was announced. Going to see Gran Torino this week, can't wait.

Jan 15 - 05:36 PM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

I would say go with The Wrestler (its my fav of the year), but don't be too sad if you end up with Grand Torino and Revolutionary Road because those are both REALLY good. Lucky for me I got a 5 day weekend! So tomorrow I am going to see Defiance because its Edward Zwick and Blood Diamond got mixed reviews and people called that cliche and solemn and I really liked Blood Diamond so I think I will like it. I am also going to see Notorious, while I am not a rap/hip hop fan I have always liked Biggie Smalls and I don't know too much about him so I will see that too, and it helps that EW and Ebert gave it really good reviews though there off at times I think. I am going to see The Reader I think this weekend too. I do kind of want to see My Bloody Valentine, it could be fun but I probably wont see it anytime soon, but I wouldn't mind seeing Jaimie Kind fully fleshed out in 3D!

Jan 15 - 05:37 PM

niall1

Niall Cavanagh

NOTORIOUSSSSSSSSS

thats the only movie that matters this weekend since revolutionary road and the reader arent playing in my city yet and i saw gran tarino on tues..

and YES JOKERBOY! im glad someone still has some love for roger ebert..

Jan 15 - 07:16 PM

Nathaniel

Julian DeBerry

Let me know what you think of The Reader. I just got back from seeing it and was amazed. I think it's one of the years best films.

Jan 15 - 07:57 PM

Bane Of Anubis

C M

Definitely could have been better... RF's character was good, but KW's character came across too much as a prideful simpleton, which provides nothing but Oprah drama (i.e., it seems dramatic on the outside, but when you delve into it, it's kind of hollow). I guess that's the character arc she had to have to make the movie work.

That being said, the ending nicely mirror RF's feelings; not sure if that was intentional - it kind of seemed like they weren't sure how to wrap it up.

Jan 16 - 12:36 PM

collex

Alex D.B.

Strangely Bane of Anubis, it's Ralph Fiennes character I found bland and Kate Winslet'one I loved. I just found that Ralph Fiennes was in contrast with his role as a nazi (in Schindler's List and Harry Potter)i.e.: really too slow and not there, like if he was day-dreaming all the time

The younger version of the character, especially at the begginning of the movie, was very good however. I can imagine how hard that kind of role can be (the actor wasn't even 18 yet and he got to play nude with Kate Winslett?)

All in All, it's 7/10 for the Reader, mainly for Kate Winslet and the subject matter.

Jan 17 - 07:43 AM

Bane Of Anubis

C M

Yeah, RF's character was bland, but I found him far more believable... KW did a good job with her role and her character provided more 'verve' to the movie, but the character's simplicity was too far-fetched for me and not complex enough to merit serious consideration (i.e., when I leave a movie like this, I expect there to be some sort of emotional conflict within me - between right and wrong... RF's character did that for me. KW's didn't).

Jan 18 - 02:25 PM

collex

Alex D.B.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

My theater didn't have The Wrestler or Revolutionnary Road yet, unfortunately. (The manager told me they will be next week. I'm already excited!) So I went to see Defiance. Not bat at all, loved the fact that the movie talk about a unknown story. Some plot points were underdevelloped (wich made for some cliché), wich was disapointing considering the director's past work (Blood Diamond) but the acting was good. I also loved how the characters were not typical Hollywood heroes. They are harsh, vengeful, autoritative and very human. a 7,75/10

Jan 17 - 07:34 AM

blattman

Mike Greenblatt

That's a shame about Hotel for Dogs. I was really looking forward to that release. Gran Torino will just have to do.

Jan 15 - 06:03 PM

inactive user

Jared King

You know I'm not fan of rap or whatever you crazy kids call it, but I wanna see "Notorious" for what it is. A bio pic. It's a rental.

As for "Paul Blart: Mall Cop", I really like "King of Queens", and Kevin James as a stand up comedian, but his film carrer is... ehhh, terrible. It looks like one of his better films, but that's not saying anything. And did Matt on the Review Revue say "I wanna see Mall Cop" at the end? Or was I imagining that?

"My Bloody Valentine 3D" at 83 percent. What... the ... hell!?

Jan 15 - 06:19 PM

Zaraki

Rick V

I'm surprised by that too, it looks generic, using 3d in an attempt to fool people into thinking it's original...

Guess I'll wait to see more reviews.

Jan 15 - 07:25 PM

niall1

Niall Cavanagh

NOTORIOUSSSSSSSSS

thats the only movie that matters this weekend since revolutionary road and the reader arent playing in my city yet and i saw gran tarino on tues..

and YES JOKERBOY! im glad someone still has some love for roger ebert..

Jan 15 - 07:16 PM

Zaraki

Rick V

I'm surprised by that too, it looks generic, using 3d in an attempt to fool people into thinking it's original...

Guess I'll wait to see more reviews.

Jan 15 - 07:25 PM

Robert F.

Robert Feinberg

To paraphrase H. L. Mencken, I don't vote or go to the movies; it only encourages them.

I'm annoyed by the fact that the only justification for Valkyrie seems to be that this story has been told four times, but never with Tom Cruise.

I saw Dustin Hoffman on www.charlierose.com explain that he wanted to make this movie with Emma Thompson, but so what? These people think that just because they do something, we should pay to see it. I won't.

Jan 15 - 07:46 PM

niall1

Niall Cavanagh

hahahhahah youre such a loser..

Jan 15 - 08:02 PM

Nathaniel

Julian DeBerry

Let me know what you think of The Reader. I just got back from seeing it and was amazed. I think it's one of the years best films.

Jan 15 - 07:57 PM

Bane Of Anubis

C M

Definitely could have been better... RF's character was good, but KW's character came across too much as a prideful simpleton, which provides nothing but Oprah drama (i.e., it seems dramatic on the outside, but when you delve into it, it's kind of hollow). I guess that's the character arc she had to have to make the movie work.

That being said, the ending nicely mirror RF's feelings; not sure if that was intentional - it kind of seemed like they weren't sure how to wrap it up.

Jan 16 - 12:36 PM

collex

Alex D.B.

Strangely Bane of Anubis, it's Ralph Fiennes character I found bland and Kate Winslet'one I loved. I just found that Ralph Fiennes was in contrast with his role as a nazi (in Schindler's List and Harry Potter)i.e.: really too slow and not there, like if he was day-dreaming all the time

The younger version of the character, especially at the begginning of the movie, was very good however. I can imagine how hard that kind of role can be (the actor wasn't even 18 yet and he got to play nude with Kate Winslett?)

All in All, it's 7/10 for the Reader, mainly for Kate Winslet and the subject matter.

Jan 17 - 07:43 AM

Bane Of Anubis

C M

Yeah, RF's character was bland, but I found him far more believable... KW did a good job with her role and her character provided more 'verve' to the movie, but the character's simplicity was too far-fetched for me and not complex enough to merit serious consideration (i.e., when I leave a movie like this, I expect there to be some sort of emotional conflict within me - between right and wrong... RF's character did that for me. KW's didn't).

Jan 18 - 02:25 PM

niall1

Niall Cavanagh

hahahhahah youre such a loser..

Jan 15 - 08:02 PM

Adus

Will Marks

Sure, Bloody Valentine has 83 percent, but with only 6 reviews and 4/5 of the positive ones being from horror publications. Not that their opinions don't matter, but I wouldn't be shocked if it fell to rotten quickly this weekend. On the other hand, the one rotten review doesn't look all that reliable either.

I expected Mall Cop to do poorly, but part of me hoped it would surprise everyone because I really like Kevin James. Ah well.

Jan 15 - 08:09 PM

rt_hire_me

Teague Bates

I hoped it was good too. I get the impression that a lot of comedies get the low tomatometer, but they end up being great movies. However, since I always seem to wait for the rental on these, my expectations aren't too too high. Someone please do a logarithm to find the pattern that unlocks the mystery to which low tomatometers we can ignore so we don't miss funny comedies that somehow are just made of critic repellant.

Jan 15 - 09:19 PM

rt_hire_me

Teague Bates

I hoped it was good too. I get the impression that a lot of comedies get the low tomatometer, but they end up being great movies. However, since I always seem to wait for the rental on these, my expectations aren't too too high. Someone please do a logarithm to find the pattern that unlocks the mystery to which low tomatometers we can ignore so we don't miss funny comedies that somehow are just made of critic repellant.

Jan 15 - 09:19 PM

Mr. Bo Ziffer

Mr. Bo Ziffer

Like Adus mentioned, My Bloody Valentine only has an 83% because there are six reviews on it total. And the five fresh ones are from horror movie sites. It's way too early for RT to be recommending this movie to us. By tomorrow, I expect that number to drop dramatically once some more reviews come in.

Jan 15 - 09:48 PM

UmbrellaLandFood

Keegan O'Brien

I agree with the scary clown
and i really hate all the corny stuff this writer writes in these reviews.

Jan 15 - 09:56 PM

MizzleBrizzle

Mike Bragg

I'm going to the early showing of the Wrestler today. Woot! I'm tempted to see Blart because of Ebert's review, but I think I can live with renting that one. As for Valentine, honestly how can you make a pronouncement until less biased reviews come in?

Jan 16 - 07:22 AM

dlo2012

Daniel Lopez

love the caption that goes with the bloody valentine picture!
anyway
When I first saw the trailer for mall cop, i knew it would fail at the tomatometer
oh well
i think kevin james should just stick to TV

Jan 16 - 09:28 AM

Sean M.

Sean Morrow

I wouldn't see Rev Road in theatres, you may not like it. It ended up being exactly what I thought it would be, basically, I could have saved my money and got in a fight with my wife a few times, recorded it and watched it. DiCaprio and Winslet do a great job in that movie, no doubt, it just wasn't all that interesting.

Anyway, this week I will probably see Bloody Valentine because my wife is a horror movie freak and I can't deny it's good reviews. Kinda disappointed that Mall Cop didn't do so well, not that I expected it to. I'll probably still see Notorious anyway, that looks like a it could be good regardless of it's review score (see Taken).

Jan 16 - 12:23 PM

Bane Of Anubis

C M

Definitely could have been better... RF's character was good, but KW's character came across too much as a prideful simpleton, which provides nothing but Oprah drama (i.e., it seems dramatic on the outside, but when you delve into it, it's kind of hollow). I guess that's the character arc she had to have to make the movie work.

That being said, the ending nicely mirror RF's feelings; not sure if that was intentional - it kind of seemed like they weren't sure how to wrap it up.

Jan 16 - 12:36 PM

collex

Alex D.B.

Strangely Bane of Anubis, it's Ralph Fiennes character I found bland and Kate Winslet'one I loved. I just found that Ralph Fiennes was in contrast with his role as a nazi (in Schindler's List and Harry Potter)i.e.: really too slow and not there, like if he was day-dreaming all the time

The younger version of the character, especially at the begginning of the movie, was very good however. I can imagine how hard that kind of role can be (the actor wasn't even 18 yet and he got to play nude with Kate Winslett?)

All in All, it's 7/10 for the Reader, mainly for Kate Winslet and the subject matter.

Jan 17 - 07:43 AM

Bane Of Anubis

C M

Yeah, RF's character was bland, but I found him far more believable... KW did a good job with her role and her character provided more 'verve' to the movie, but the character's simplicity was too far-fetched for me and not complex enough to merit serious consideration (i.e., when I leave a movie like this, I expect there to be some sort of emotional conflict within me - between right and wrong... RF's character did that for me. KW's didn't).

Jan 18 - 02:25 PM

vitajex

Mike M

I think the 'The Wrestler' is a little overrated. And I loved all 3 of Aronofsky's first movies.

It's not anywhere approaching a bad movie, but it's not great. It just doesn't quite feel 'complete', I guess.

And I feel like an echo, but the whole daughter-father 'You were never there for me!' thing was really cliched and underbaked. If you're going to have that kind of thing in a movie, you've gotta make it different or interesting somehow and I don't feel that they did.

And the stripper with a heart of gold? Let me just quote Kristen Wiig on 'SNL': "Oh, Gaaaaah!" Although I think Marisa Tomei has Benjamin Button Syndrome cause she looks better in that movie than she did in 10 years ago.

Jan 16 - 12:51 PM

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