• PG, 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Steve Carr
    In Theaters:
    Jan 16, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 19, 2009
  • Sony Pictures/Columbia Pictures

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Paul Blart: Mall Cop Reviews

Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

November 18, 2011
Christine Champ
Film.com
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Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: C+

May 6, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 1/4

February 3, 2011
Hank Sartin
Time Out New York
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The Black Friday setting suggests that this was meant to be a holiday release, but it's not hard to see why the studio dumped this suckfest in January.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/6

January 21, 2009
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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Once you've seen about the first 20 minutes of the movie, you've got a sense of what all of the jokes were going to be.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

January 20, 2009
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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James gives it everything he's got, totally committing to the character and delivering clean comedy which often times is often more difficult than creating just a raunch-fest.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

January 20, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The last name Blart may be the funniest thing in the movie, so that's a hint as to just how bad this shopping-center saga can be.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 16, 2009
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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It's surprisingly okay, in a January kind of way.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 16, 2009
Dana Stevens
Slate
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As cheapo larks go, it's a winningly unassuming one: no stars, no big action set pieces. Just a fat guy, a near-empty mall, and a lot of really ridiculous ideas.

Full Review Source: Slate

January 16, 2009
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's just not particularly funny. That Segway, alas, only goes so far.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 16, 2009
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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I suppose the food equivalent would be that nacho cheese that comes in a can with little chunks of jalapeņo mixed in.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

January 16, 2009
Nathan Lee
New York Times
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Directed by Steve Carr, a man who knows how to put a camera in front of things, if little else, and written, sort of, by Nick Bakay and Mr. James.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

January 16, 2009
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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It's a juvenile motion picture designed primarily for a juvenile audience. But there's a little more here than one might reasonably expect.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 16, 2009
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Laughs occasionally ensue.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 16, 2009
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Perfectly inoffensive and almost entirely unfunny.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

January 16, 2009
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
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[The film] oo often settles for easy, lazy jokes, most of which revolve around either food or running into stuff.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

January 16, 2009
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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James, at his best when he lets loose, plays his character a little too straight and so loses some of the movie's comic potential.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

January 16, 2009
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Sensationally stupid, haphazardly made and qualifying as unmitigated trash by any standards, Paul Blart: Mall Cop also manages to be consistently hilarious, thanks to star Kevin James.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

January 16, 2009
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Surprisingly winning.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 16, 2009
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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To call this Kevin James comedy fatuous might be misinterpreted as an attack on the star's girth -- so how about inane, tepid, lazy, puerile, phony, and unfunny?

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 16, 2009
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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It's unlikely that even WALL-E could bring himself to scoop up this movie and leave it on his post-apocalyptic junk heap.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 0.5/4

January 16, 2009
Daniel Getahun
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A senseless Hollywood comedy.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 15, 2009
Jen Chaney
Washington Post
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[Has] such obviously humble intentions that busting on it is a bit like harassing the junior high school outcast who just wants to eat his tater tots in peace.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 15, 2009
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The film is completely forgettable, frequently funny and weirdly satisfying in a Jersey Loser Gets Respect kind of way.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

January 15, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Paul Blart: Mall Cop is a slapstick comedy with a hero who is a nice guy. I thought that wasn't allowed anymore.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 15, 2009
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Give this to Paul Blart: Mall Cop: It delivers on everything it promises. Which is to say, nearly nothing.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

January 15, 2009
Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
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Somewhere beneath its mediocre comedic trappings, there's a decent action movie trying to fight its way free.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 15, 2009
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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[James] plays yet another misfit, but one who's so two-dimensional, needy (and frankly annoying) that it's difficult to root for him.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

January 14, 2009
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Like the movie's sad-sack hero, this comedy never comes close to achieving its real potential.

January 14, 2009
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The thin comic appeal of Kevin James is laid on a bit thicker in Paul Blart: Mall Cop, his first solo star vehicle for the big screen.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

January 14, 2009
Brian Lowry
Variety
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An almost shockingly amateurish one-note-joke comedy on which the star also shares writing and producing credit.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 14, 2009
Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
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[Kevin James] proves to be a warm leading man who grounds the movie as it morphs into a loopy heist thriller after a promising start as something entirely different: a gentle comedy of suburban underachievement.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

January 14, 2009
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