Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Diana Drumm
    Mar 28, 2014
    Alan Partridge stays true to this small, very specific world of regional British radio and this class of local celebrity while also injecting the high-level drama needed to carry such a story to a much larger audience. It’s this balance that should win the film over for Alan Partridge fans and the general movie-going public alike.
  2. Reviewed by: Jesse Hassenger
    Apr 2, 2014
    Director Declan Lowney does an admirable job making a confined film look cinematic without overblowing it into action-comedy mode.
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Apr 3, 2014
    In taking Partridge to the movies, the writers go broader and deeper than they typically do with the story.
  4. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Apr 3, 2014
    So clear your calendar. There’s no better time to get to know a character so obnoxiously stubborn that not even his own creator can shake him.
  5. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    Aug 9, 2013
    Ruddy hilarious. Just what big-screen comedy needed.
  6. Reviewed by: Catherine Shoard
    Jul 25, 2013
    The genius of Alpha Papa, then, is in remaining faithful to Partridge's small-screen soul while also managing the demands of a big-screen Alan.
  7. Reviewed by: James Mottram
    Jul 25, 2013
    Smartly executed, endlessly quotable and machine-gun quick, this is one of the funniest films of 2013. Accessible for Partridge novices and hugely rewarding for the faithful.
  8. Jul 25, 2013
    A scissor-sharp comedy of ineptitude and failure.
  9. Reviewed by: Josh Kupecki
    Apr 23, 2014
    Alan Partridge is one of the more satisfying comedies in recent memory, and with rumors of a sequel, let’s hope that this is the beginning of Alan Partridge, movie star. He definitely wouldn’t have it any other way.
  10. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Apr 24, 2014
    Alan Partridge is the cinematic equivalent of Marmite: a much-loved condiment in Britain and a puzzlement almost everywhere else. An acquired taste, certainly, but on the basis of this movie, well worth sampling at least once.
  11. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Apr 24, 2014
    A particular strength of Alan Partridge is that the writers (Coogan among them) don't trade entirely on the audience's familiarity with the character, but rather come up with a flashy, eventful story in which Alan can be showcased in a variety of contexts.
  12. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Apr 4, 2014
    It’s a flurry of good gags and bad. The good ones are worth sitting around for.
  13. 75
    It’s a comedy of sight gags, zingers and awkward pauses — lots of those. Sentimental at times, yes. But funny. Always.
  14. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    Apr 3, 2014
    Though not the finest screen outing for Coogan’s best-known alter ego, this is a worthy addition to the ever-growing Partridge archive, with enough weapons-grade comic zing in the first half to excuse the less sure-footed second.
  15. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Apr 3, 2014
    The plot of Alan Partridge (also known as “Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa”) is designed not for coherence but to maximize the chances for Mr. Coogan to riff in character and to bring his alter ego to the very edge of either improbable likability or utter awfulness.
  16. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Apr 1, 2014
    An often funny workplace hostage comedy that doesn't demand prior knowledge of the character.
  17. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Mar 3, 2014
    Film doesn’t suit Alan Partridge as well as other media, but Coogan and company have nevertheless delivered a consistently lively satirical comedy that would stand on its own merits, even if it wasn’t weighed down by expectations more than 20 years in the making.
  18. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Apr 3, 2014
    Like so many reunions, this one starts off all smiles and quickly grows tiresome.
  19. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Sep 30, 2013
    Not many side-splitting jokes, but a goofy glee is smeared across it all.
  20. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Aug 8, 2013
    The film has plenty to recommend it, thanks to a string of memorable one-liners and Coogan’s unmatched knack for skin-crawling physical comedy. But this is a long way from the back-of-the-net strike it should have been.
  21. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Jul 25, 2013
    Alpha Papa’s biggest laughs explode from moments of pure inconsequence.
  22. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    May 1, 2014
    Partridge is a smidgen less abhorrent here than in previous incarnations, but just a smidgen.
  23. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Apr 17, 2014
    Partridge is such a fatuous, superficial figure that the trick is to make him palatable enough to sustain interest for more than an hour. The filmmakers meet with uneven success.
  24. 50
    Alan Partridge awkwardly tries to wed the episodic spirit of the character with the feature-length demands of a theatrical experience. The result is a mess, but it’s got some choice bits. Even if you forget the film itself, you might find yourself quoting parts of it for years.
  25. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Apr 2, 2014
    Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge character — a craven, narcissistic, provincial TV and radio host who has been amusing the Brits for more than 20 years — proves too much of a sketch-comedy creation to sustain a film.
  26. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Sep 30, 2013
    The pleasure and the pain are all up there on the screen; we just wish it was less painful to watch.
  27. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 28, 2013
    Director Declan Lowney's film operates from a conceit that affords only minor opportunities for true hilarity.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 4, 2014
    Being a huge fan of both Knowing me, knowing you and I'm Alan Partridge I went in with pretty high expectations and I must admit it prettyBeing a huge fan of both Knowing me, knowing you and I'm Alan Partridge I went in with pretty high expectations and I must admit it pretty much met most of my expectations. Great comedic acting (especially Steve Coogan as Partridge) great comedic scenes and an overall sense of humor and effort put into the film. A must see for Partridge fans. Full Review »
  2. May 17, 2014
    Ok, I'm an unabashed fan of Steve Coogan and Alan Partridge, but I'm trying to judge this movie on its own merits -- and it's simplyOk, I'm an unabashed fan of Steve Coogan and Alan Partridge, but I'm trying to judge this movie on its own merits -- and it's simply fantastic. The beauty of Partridge is that he has always felt like a fully-rounded character, which is a credit to Coogan. Ricky Gervais is often hailed as a genius for his creation and portrayal of David Brent, but Steve Coogan got there first. One cringes when Partridge opens his mouth, and yet we can't help but feel a touch of empathy for the man. It's a fine line, but Coogan walks it masterfully. I showed this film to a room full of cinephiles who, combined, have seen just about everything under the sun -- they laughed themselves stupid. At the end of the day it works because it's beautifully written, the lead actor is something of a comedic genius, and he's surrounded himself with a great supporting cast. Full Review »
  3. Apr 4, 2014
    Not sure how Alpha Pappa got so many bad reviews unless they're not Partridge fans, in which case they were never probably going to like itNot sure how Alpha Pappa got so many bad reviews unless they're not Partridge fans, in which case they were never probably going to like it anyways. The best part of the film is that it stuck to its small screen value without selling out like Ali G, and dumbing down too much. Full Review »