Paul Blart: Mall Cop

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Paul Blart: Mall Cop has some laughs, but its plot is flimsy and lacking in any sustained comic momentum.

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A single suburban father (Kevin James) works at a mall as a security guard to make ends meet, and he takes his job very seriously, even though most of his colleagues and customers don't. As the holidays approach, Paul gets his moment to shine when Santa's little helpers shut down the mall down and take hostages, including his daughter and girlfriend. He realizes no one knows the place better than he does, and he mounts his trusty steed, a Segway, and goes to the rescue.

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Critic Reviews for Paul Blart: Mall Cop

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (77)

  • Unmemorable, unfunny and unoriginal.

    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
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  • 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.

    May 6, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Shoot me now!

    February 3, 2011 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • James makes a funny, likeable doofus, and the expansion of his girth since his hit sitcom The King of Queens is used to great comic effect.

    March 20, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This isn't brain surgery; this is daffy entertainment that plays to its strengths, with director Steve Carr trusting in James' deadpan earnesty

    January 20, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 20, 2009

Audience Reviews for Paul Blart: Mall Cop

  • May 29, 2016
    Because I'm a glutton for punishment, I revisited Paul Blart: Mall Cop. The plot is dumb, the Kevin James slapstick humor is dumb, the movie is dumb. The only reason I'm not going lower with this score is because it does have a few moments where I chuckled. A few. This movie is harmless, but it is far from innocent of crimes against film. Avoid avoid avoid.
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2015
    Ok we all knew it wasn't going to be great or memorable but some jokes are funny, Not many but it's more of a family film, It did feel like a comedy remake of Die Hard at times, It's nothing great but maybe kids will enjoy it more.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2015
    Kevin James is a one man army in the goofball comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop. When a skater gang attempts to rob a shopping mall on Black Friday and takes hostages, it's up to security guard Paul Blart to save the day. The comedy is poorly written and incredibly juvenile, yet James and co-star Jayma Mays manage to make some of it work. However, while a couple of the sketches are funny, overall the film is extremely stupid. Paul Blart: Mall Cop delivers a few laughs, but it's just too dumb to enjoy.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2015
    Surprisingly better than other comedies following the same formulaic plot. Mall Cop follows a screwball security guard in a mall under-siege by robbers. It's ridiculous but actually quite fun to watch thanks to James' performance.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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