It’s unclear how many people were dying to see Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 get made six years after the release of the first film. Now that it’s here, it looks like it should have just stayed as an idea, rather than being turned into an actual film.
At the time of this post, Rotten Tomatoes has the film listed at 0 percent. Twenty-two reviews are posted on the aggregator site for the Paul Blart sequel, but not a single one of them is positive.
Writing for RogerEbert.com, Christy Lemire noted that critics were not given advance screenings for Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which is generally a bad sign for any movie. Lemire added that the sequel, to which she gave zero stars, may, in fact, be “worse than” any movie ever made.
“Truly, there is not a single redeeming moment in director Andy Fickman’s film. A general flatness and lethargy permeates these reheated proceedings.”
Blake Goble of Consequence of Sound wrote in his review that it was tough for him to write about the Paul Blart sequel because it’s “really, really, really… really bad.”
“I am not being melodramatic. And I’m struggling to say something about it. I just want Paul Blart over with and out of my life, so I can get back to other movies. Literally any other movie.”
“Why did I buy a ticket to this movie? Did I really think it was going to be good? Can I walk out of the theater before anyone recognizes me?”
The Inquisitr recently reported that Sony Pictures, the studio that released the Paul Blart sequel, was revealed by WikiLeaks to possibly have more embarrassing documents that were hidden from the public even after last year’s hack. They are available to view now.
No matter how bad those recently revealed documents are, they can’t be anywhere near as bad as a sequel to Paul Blart: Mall Cop, writes Variety’s Justin Chang.
“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.”
Despite the Paul Blart sequel becoming a critical punching bag, Deadline is reporting that the film is estimated to bring in around $20 million in its debut weekend. That will be less than the first film, which took in $31 million, according to Box Office Mojo, and ended up with a worldwide total of $183 million.
[Image credit: Sony Pictures via Collider]