Paulie Reviews

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Tracy Moore
Common Sense Media
March 1, 2013
Talking bird on a coming-of-age journey with some peril.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 12, 2008
True family entertainment that caters for grown-ups as much as for kids.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 12, 2008
The story is rooted in real feelings and relationships, and parents will find as much to enjoy as children.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 12, 2008
Paulie has moments of minor charm but lacks the magic to fully capture the imaginations of either children or adults.
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
May 12, 2008
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.
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
My head still throbs from being hit repeatedly with blunt life lessons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
May 6, 2005
Family viewing that soars
| Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Its star is a very appealing little guy. Parents will be mildly amused, too.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Surprisingly enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
It features smart, emotional storytelling, skillful filmmaking and solid, yuk-worthy jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 2, 2002
Paulie isn't a complicated film, but it is heartfelt. And for a change, parents in the theater won't feel embarrassed by the things their children are laughing at.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 28, 2002
Celebrates the deep ties of love and loyalty between human beings and animals.
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Bob Heisler
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2/4

Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
There is a bland quality to the storytelling with little of the drama, comedy or sentiment really taking off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A convenient, unprepossessing time-waster for Saturday afternoon kiddies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Simply lacks the wit, panache, surprises and irresistible characters that delight kids of all ages.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Paulie has elements of a good weepy, but overall it never quite gels beyond being a passable novelty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
Pretend you're renting it for a kid and go get it.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Paulie is a family film, and it's a good one.
Full Review | Original Score: 78/100
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