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42
If anything, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 ups that sadness quotient, spending much of its opening proving that just because these movies are stupider than "Observe And Report" doesn't mean they have to be less cripplingly depressing.
40
It's not that the film is particularly loathsome, or that Blart is an overweeningly horrible character. What rankles is that he's barely anything at all; a stereotype of a stereotype; a half-remembered punchline; a stomach with a moustache and wheels. As you watch the film, it's already forgotten.
25
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 does all it was created to do: exist.
25
Sequels are cynical by nature, but this one, with its casino product placement ad and director Andy Fickman apparently checking his text messages instead of trying to punch the limp gags into shape, is purely a paycheck. James may not deserve better, but the kids they're pitching this to do.
25
Is it never funny? No, it's not never funny. It's just not funny nearly often enough.
20
Nobody was expecting much from Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, but did it have to be this unimaginative and lifeless?
20
Given that it comes courtesy of Adam Sandler's production company Happy Madison... it's no surprise that Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 is a lazy, witless, laugh-free experience. But even by their standards, this is a slog to sit through, so glacially paced that at times it achieves an almost zen-like level of anti-comedy.
20
Nothing aired by WikiLeaks could possibly be more destructive to Sony's reputation than the release of Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, the sort of movie that goes beyond mere mediocrity to offer possible evidence of a civilization in decline.
20
While the original was no classic, it had a few mild laughs and the plus-sized actor displayed a certain buffoonish charm. Such is not the case with this painfully unfunny, slapdash follow-up in which the title character is so relentlessly obnoxious that you'll be cheering for the villains.
0
James' everyman appeal is stretched to the limits here, like that polyester shirt he wears.

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