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Paulie (1998)



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Movie Info

A classic family movie, “Paulie” presents a parrot’s-eye view of the world with humor and intelligence.more
Rating: PG (For brief mild language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Laurie Craig
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 3, 1999
DreamWorks S.K.G.


Cheech Marin
as Ignacio
Bruce Davison
as Dr. Reingold
Trini Alvarado
as Adult Marie
Matt Craven
as Warren Alweather
Laura Harrington
as Lila Alweather
Bill Cobbs
as Virgil
Peter Basch
as Grad Student #1
Emily Mura-Smith
as Grad Student #2
Hal Robinson
as Grandpa
Seth Mumy
as Jeremy
Jerry Winsett
as Mr. Tauper
Dig Wayne
as Research Assistant N...
Michael Leydon Campb...
as Research Assistant N...
Tamara Zook
as Speech Therapist
Kristie Transeau
as Veterinarian No. 2
Tia Texada
as Lupe, Ruby
Jay Mohr
as Benny, Paulie
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Critic Reviews for Paulie

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (12)

Paulie has moments of minor charm but lacks the magic to fully capture the imaginations of either children or adults.

Full Review… | May 12, 2008
Top Critic

Shalhoub gives an impressively nuanced performance in the dangerously cliched role, and Paulie -- a combination of trained parrots, animatronics, and the voice of Mohr -- comes across as a fully developed character.

Full Review… | May 12, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A perfect family movie with the intelligence, humor and hug-me moments to be a great first-date movie, too. Just remember to bring a hankie.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The film is aimed at children, I suppose, although I don't think they'll like Paulie all that much. I didn't.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Paulie has elements of a good weepy, but overall it never quite gels beyond being a passable novelty.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Talking bird on a coming-of-age journey with some peril.

Full Review… | March 1, 2013
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Paulie

A boring kids movie with another talking animal. At least the cast has some good actors, though.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


An extremely wonderful and sadly underrated film

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

Paulie is very adventureous Movie with an intelligent but too Naughty Parot. A tiny bit of everything in it. Some senti moments and lots of LOL moments.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Paulie Quotes

Paulie: [when falling off his perch in the house] Ah! Look out!
– Submitted by Anthony A (4 years ago)
Paulie: [when he was first given to Marie by her grandpa as a baby bird] I don't know what this creature was, but I liked it.
– Submitted by Anthony A (4 years ago)
Lila Alweather: [during an argument between her and Warren about Marie's stuttering] Alright, we'll order her to stop stuttering.
– Submitted by Anthony A (4 years ago)
Warren Alweather: Birds don't talk and they don't teach, okay? They just repeat what we say. They don't understand.
Marie: P-- P-- Paulie understands!
– Submitted by Anthony A (4 years ago)

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