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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)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Mar 18, 2011
    The film -- lame of title but big on fun.
  2. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Mar 16, 2011
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 77 out of 107
  2. Negative: 14 out of 107
  1. Mar 18, 2011
    Absolutley 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.
  2. Apr 8, 2011
    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 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
    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 bonus from Jason Bateman and Sigourney Weaver . I recommend this funny movie to everybody Expand
  4. May 25, 2014
    I really liked Paul it was a great movie the combination of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Seth Rogen worked perfectly. The plot maybe nothing special but thats not the point its the performances of the actorts that keep this comedy afloat. Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Nick Frost) are two best friends on a trip from England to go to Comic Con and to see UFO sites around the United States. After a run in with some not so friendly rednecks at a restaurant Graeme and Clive are back on the road when the think they are being chased down by the rednecks they ran into before. The car ends up passing them and they both laugh in relief while at that momment the car that had just passed them ends up crashing and flipping over they both scream and Graeme slams on the brakes of the RV. They both go to investage the crash and thats when they meet Paul (Seth Rogan) a alien that escaped from confinement and is now on the run from the government. From here on the movie is a fun filled ride where the gang have run ins with the law, meet new friends, and have a blast getting to know eachother while on the way to a special place that only Paul knows so he can get picked up by his people.

    Overall i give it a 7.5 i know people dont like this movie but for me i didnt really expect much from it in the begining actually i didnt even know it was a rated R movie until my friend had come back from the theaters after seeing it. Also i love Kristen Wiig so it was great seeing her in this
  5. Aug 4, 2013
    his is a funny but cheasy and kinda retarded movie but it has skill and definantaly does not skimp on the jokes and other retarded moments that u could laugh at Expand
  6. Jun 8, 2011
    Pegg and Frost lost the physical comedy that made there films so enjoyable and replaced it with foul language laughs that are better left to Will Farrell and Company. Those that love a cheesy comedy will still enjoy this overall piece of pure silliness. Expand
  7. Feb 28, 2012
    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, 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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