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Paul Blart: Mall Cop Reviews

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Top Critic
Christine Champ
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+
Joshua Starnes
April 25, 2011
James is much better than a lot of his contemporaries at this, eschewing over-the-top clowning for actual humanity. But it all gets thrown out the window in the second half. Maybe he'll do better next time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
January 16, 2009
"I just love this guy," James says of Paul Blart in the movie's production notes. For the sake of humanity I hope and pray that barely anyone else shares his affection.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 16, 2009
So, as much as I hate to be mean, it is my solemn responsibility as a movie reviewer to award Paul Blart Mall Cop a Frowny Face. (Don't hate me, Kevin James! Or you either, Steve Carr!)
Full Review | Original Score: 68/100
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James Berardinelli
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
Pete Hammond
January 16, 2009
Avoid this mall cop and just go shopping instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 16, 2009
Producer Adam Sandler must have though so little of the film that he didn't even see it fit for a Rob Schneider cameo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Anders Wotzke
July 30, 2009
Unfunny, unoriginal and tedious - Mall Cop is successful only at living up to the standard set by past films that have begun with the words 'A Happy Madison Production'.
| Original Score: 1/5
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
January 14, 2009
If you are a Kevin James fan you probably will want to see him rolling around, otherwise you can pass on this one to save a few bucks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
Tim Grierson
Screen International
January 16, 2009
Just as James struggles to make unfunny material tolerable, so too does the supporting cast fall flat.
Matt Stevens
E! Online
January 15, 2009
Not a bad premise, but most of the comedy just dies. Hard.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Andrew J. McGlinn
FILMINK (Australia)
March 20, 2009
There's no doubt that James is a fine comedic actor and the role of Paul Blart fits his big frame like a well worn glove. As writers, however, he and Bakay rely too heavily on slapstick...
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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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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.
Matthew Razak
January 16, 2009
Paul Blart delivers laughs, yes, but it's only one great slapstick actor and a little bit of heart away from being just another truly idiotic comedy.
Katey Rich
January 18, 2009
A couple of Segway jokes stretched to an hour and a half running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
January 16, 2009
Paul Blart tepidly goes through its motions, but that doesn't mean you have to.
Eric D. Snider
January 15, 2009
This dim-bulb, family-oriented slapstick film benefits greatly from James' knack for physical comedy, but it's ultimately too bland and uninspired.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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