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  • Summary: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite for the comedy adventure Paul as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America's UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. (Universal)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Mar 18, 2011
    88
    The film -- lame of title but big on fun.
  2. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Mar 16, 2011
    80
    A celebration of sci-fi flicks, fanboys and good, old-fashioned bromance, Paul is a thoroughly enjoyable road trip.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 19, 2011
    75
    The movie, despite what you may have gathered from the goofy trailer, is more sweet than silly.
  4. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Mar 17, 2011
    63
    Some of the later scenes capture the spirit of majestic sweetness of "Close Encouners of the Third Kind" and "E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial" period, but the elevated moments don't last. They're relentlessly undermined by the f-bombs, groin kicks, and anal-probing jokes.
  5. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Mar 17, 2011
    58
    The crudeness with which Mottola made "Superbad" suited that film; here, a similarly rudimentary technique detracts and distracts.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Mar 17, 2011
    50
    The derriere-flashing, dope-smoking, potty-mouthed antics of this antisocial E.T. justify every bit of the rating that the MPAA has slapped on him.
  7. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Mar 17, 2011
    25
    British satire loses something when it's handled by Americans: You miss the perspective that a foreign culture brings, so instead of wit and humor, you end up trafficking in self-congratulatory clich├ęs and sentiment.

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  1. Positive: 80 out of 110
  2. Negative: 14 out of 110
  1. Mar 18, 2011
    10
    Absolutley brilliant, I have already watched it twice. Simon Pegg has created his funniest movie since Shawn of the Dead. Look out forAbsolutley brilliant, I have already watched it twice. Simon Pegg has created his funniest movie since Shawn of the Dead. Look out for references to famous Sci Fi films all through this movie. The music they play in the club and the radio comments from the FBI guys are clear tips towards the original Star Wars whilst the obvious pun at the end is hilarious.
    The sub plot where the Alien opens peoples mind about religion is really well done too. If you love Sci fi and have a sense of humour then you will love this film.
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  2. Apr 8, 2011
    10
    The British duo have given us some of the best comedy in recent years. The Seth Rogen reached his zenith with his performances in the TVThe British duo have given us some of the best comedy in recent years. The Seth Rogen reached his zenith with his performances in the TV comedy of some years ago "Freaks and Geeks" which matched him and many of the better comedy actors populating films today. Unfortunately Apto and his young charges have steadily faulted in downward trends. Rogen has played the exact same character just stoned more or less in preceding roles. Stop smoking the props stop smoking your own stash and start learning your craft these past several performances have been terrible "The Green Hornet" OUCH! Expand
  3. Apr 19, 2014
    9
    This movie is really funny and Paul is realistic.Simon Pegg and Nick Frost like always are good and funny actors together and we have a bonusThis movie is really funny and Paul is realistic.Simon Pegg and Nick Frost like always are good and funny actors together and we have a bonus from Jason Bateman and Sigourney Weaver . I recommend this funny movie to everybody Expand
  4. Apr 24, 2015
    7
    Paul is arguably the best science fiction comedy since Galaxy Quest. Despite being humorous in its outlook and providing numerous "EasterPaul is arguably the best science fiction comedy since Galaxy Quest. Despite being humorous in its outlook and providing numerous "Easter eggs" to fans of Star Wars, Aliens, Close Encounters, and E.T. (amongst others), this isn't a parody. Outside the occasional, affectionate jabs at science fiction fans and comic con attendees, Paul avoids taking the satirical approach. Instead, it's a road trip and a buddy movie, albeit one in which a participant happens to be an alien.

    There is little question that Pegg and Frost, who wrote the screenplay, are more than closet science fiction fans. Lines from Star Wars and Aliens show up in the script (with the Aliens one brilliantly incorporated). References to other science fiction staples abound, with The X-Files, Star Trek, and E.T. warranting mention and a very big nod being given to Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In fact, Steven Spielberg was so tickled by the story that he leant his vocal talents to a scene. (That is actually Spielberg's voice, not an impersonator's.) It's a little surprising the Star Trek elements are on the light side, considering that Pegg is now playing Scotty.

    Despite taking place in the United States and being directed by an American, the humor is very British, as is fitting for a Pegg/Frost screenplay. There are amusing sequences, but few will result in uncontrolled bursts of laughter. It's not that kind of movie. Paul wants its viewers to experience an enjoyable two hours and laugh from time-to-time, but the film's goal isn't to pummel the audience with joke after joke. It has a story to tell.

    An argument can be made that Seth Rogan is overexposed, but he's a good choice for the voice of Paul. Heard, but not seen, he is effective. A digital creation inspired by the popular "Roswell alien" images (which were also the models for Spielberg's extraterrestrials in Close Encounters), Paul is realistically rendered and fits in so seamlessly that it's easy to forget he isn't flesh-and-blood. Pegg and Frost play the kind of characters they have become associated with: awkward, socially inept guys who are more intimidated by women than by aliens. SNL veterans Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader, who appeared in director Greg Mottola's previous venture, Adventureland, verge on going too far over the top for the tone established by the rest of the cast. Sigourney Weaver represents a casting coup, if only for two memorable moments.

    Despite the science fiction trappings, the odd appearance of the alien, and a few ridiculous action sequences, Paul is really little more than an old fashioned mismatched buddy film, complete with a sentimental conclusion. The narrative incorporates elements of a road trip movie and a romantic comedy but, more than anything, it flourishes because of the unconventional relationship among Graeme, Clive, and Paul.

    In the past, Pegg has done his best work when paired with Edgar Wright. Here, without Wright's participation but with the help of Frost and Mottola, he has crafted something every bit as good as either Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz. It's not as funny but it has more heart and replaces caricatures with something a little more three-dimensional. Lovers of pop science fiction (as opposed to the hard-core stuff) will derive more from Paul than generic movie goers, but it's a pleasant enough diversion for everyone. Even the profanity isn't that bad - just salty enough to earn the "R" rating - otherwise the movie is comprised of strictly PG-13 content. The special effects budget is on the high side but those effects serve the story rather than the other way around, and Paul is all the better for it.
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  5. Sep 18, 2011
    6
    Although "Paul" isn't strong in script & story as much as "Shaun of the Dead" or "Hot fuzz", the tone is humorous thanks to the friendlyAlthough "Paul" isn't strong in script & story as much as "Shaun of the Dead" or "Hot fuzz", the tone is humorous thanks to the friendly Pegg+Frost combo. Expand
  6. Mar 28, 2011
    5
    There are a few chuckles, but I would have enjoyed the movie more if I was 13 years old. This is the second movie in just a couple of weeksThere are a few chuckles, but I would have enjoyed the movie more if I was 13 years old. This is the second movie in just a couple of weeks of release of each other that pays homages to other movies throughout (the other being Rango). The visual effects overall are well done, I just wish the humor would have been a little more sophisticated, and the movie not so predictable. For some reason, the movie reminded me a little of "Short Circuit", but the robot in that movie (Johnnie 5) was funnier and the overall writing better. I was also VERY disappointed that the trailer gave away SO many of the scenes. Nobody laughed when he ate the bird because everyone had already seen it. This is not a horrible movie by any stretch, I just wish it was funnier. Expand
  7. Feb 28, 2012
    0
    I hate this movie, I don't understand what is the reason that the people watch this thing, the alien is really terrible, and the cast, onlyI hate this movie, I don't understand what is the reason that the people watch this thing, the alien is really terrible, and the cast, only Wiig and Lynch have a great performance, but the rest is terrible. Paul have bad jokes, a good situation but have much mistakes. Expand

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