Paul Blart: Mall Cop Reviews

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David Jenkins
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Unmemorable, unfunny and unoriginal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christine Champ
Film.com
May 6, 2011
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 | Original Score: C+
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 3, 2011
Shoot me now!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
January 20, 2009
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.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
January 20, 2009
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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 16, 2009
It's surprisingly okay, in a January kind of way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
January 16, 2009
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.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 16, 2009
It's just not particularly funny. That Segway, alas, only goes so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
January 16, 2009
I suppose the food equivalent would be that nacho cheese that comes in a can with little chunks of jalapeņo mixed in.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
January 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 16, 2009
Laughs occasionally ensue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 16, 2009
Perfectly inoffensive and almost entirely unfunny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
January 16, 2009
[The film] oo often settles for easy, lazy jokes, most of which revolve around either food or running into stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
January 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 16, 2009
Surprisingly winning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
January 16, 2009
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?
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Daniel Getahun
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 15, 2009
A senseless Hollywood comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jen Chaney
Washington Post
January 15, 2009
[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.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
January 15, 2009
A shamelessly sentimental comedy with a few crude gags thrown in arbitrarily.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 15, 2009
The film is completely forgettable, frequently funny and weirdly satisfying in a Jersey Loser Gets Respect kind of way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 15, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 15, 2009
Give this to Paul Blart: Mall Cop: It delivers on everything it promises. Which is to say, nearly nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
January 15, 2009
Somewhere beneath its mediocre comedic trappings, there's a decent action movie trying to fight its way free.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 14, 2009
[James] plays yet another misfit, but one who's so two-dimensional, needy (and frankly annoying) that it's difficult to root for him.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 14, 2009
Like the movie's sad-sack hero, this comedy never comes close to achieving its real potential.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 14, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Brian Lowry
Variety
January 14, 2009
An almost shockingly amateurish one-note-joke comedy on which the star also shares writing and producing credit.
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
January 14, 2009
[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 | Original Score: B