On a pilgrimage to America's UFO heartland, two British sci-fi geeks (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost) meet an extraterrestrial and hatch a plan to help him return to his spaceship.
" In the end - as well as the middle and maybe even at the outset - Paul is more often a close encounter of the middling kind. "
" The CGI alien is very well articulated, and Rogen is a virtuoso at mixing motormouthed rudeness with a hint of tenderness to take off the edge. "
" Set your humor-detection capacitors for moderate to above-average intake levels. I haven't laughed this much since maybe last Monday, but that was a particularly strong Monday. "
" The results are, again, not-quite-brilliant but funny enough. "
" The results, it must be said, are less hi-larious than sporadically mid-to-low-larious. "
" Well, that's one joke. Ninety more minutes to go. "
" It's more than occasionally cute, if less than consistently clever. "
" Beam us up, Scotty. There's no intelligent life here. "
" Paul is arguably the best science fiction comedy since Galaxy Quest. "
" This is not quite enough of a conceit to sustain a full-length movie -- Paul would have made a terrific short film -- but there are incidental pleasures all along the way. "
" After the sharp bite and harsh light of most American-style guy-based funny films today, "Paul" comes as such sweet relief. "
" While Frost is particularly well-cast, most of the actors seem to be having fun. You will, too, as long as you arrive with lowered expectations. "
" What has happened to Pegg? Why does he mug so? Why can't he relax and let the audience come to him, rather than auditioning for our affection with every reaction shot? "
" What makes the film largely work, despite its occasional slackness and over-trodden terrain, is its overall affability (and smutty words). "
" How could so many talented people collaborate on something so dull? "
" The film has some laughs. But it also has a million jokes about anal probes, alien genitalia, and people thinking Clive and Graeme are gay. These guys can do better than this. "
" This is a well-made, well-plotted and sensitive movie. "
" 'Paul' is more a bagful of giggles. Rogen is a nonstop hoot, but it's the byplay between Frost and Pegg that roots the laughs in characters we care about. "
" Here's a movie that teeters on the edge of being really pretty good and loses its way. "
" A good-hearted, funny movie. "
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