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A classic family movie, “Paulie” presents a parrot’s-eye view of the world with humor and intelligence.
Paulie has moments of minor charm but lacks the magic to fully capture the imaginations of either children or adults.
Unusual and surprisingly agreeable.
Talking bird on a coming-of-age journey with some peril.
Shalhoub gives an impressively nuanced performance in the dangerously cliched role, and Paulie -- a combination of trained parrots, animatronics, and the voice of Mohr -- comes across as a fully developed character.
The film is aimed at children, I suppose, although I don't think they'll like Paulie all that much. I didn't.
True family entertainment that caters for grown-ups as much as for kids.
A perfect family movie with the intelligence, humor and hug-me moments to be a great first-date movie, too. Just remember to bring a hankie.
Paulie has elements of a good weepy, but overall it never quite gels beyond being a passable novelty.
The story is rooted in real feelings and relationships, and parents will find as much to enjoy as children.
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