A scissor-sharp comedy of ineptitude and failure.
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The genius of Alpha Papa, then, is in remaining faithful to Partridge's small-screen soul while also managing the demands of a big-screen Alan.
Ruddy hilarious. Just what big-screen comedy needed.
The pleasure and the pain are all up there on the screen; we just wish it was less painful to watch.
Smartly executed, endlessly quotable and machine-gun quick, this is one of the funniest films of 2013. Accessible for Partridge novices and hugely rewarding for the faithful.
Not many side-splitting jokes, but a goofy glee is smeared across it all.
Director Declan Lowney's film operates from a conceit that affords only minor opportunities for true hilarity.
Alpha Papa’s biggest laughs explode from moments of pure inconsequence.
It’s a comedy of sight gags, zingers and awkward pauses — lots of those. Sentimental at times, yes. But funny. Always.
The film has plenty to recommend it, thanks to a string of memorable one-liners and Coogan’s unmatched knack for skin-crawling physical comedy. But this is a long way from the back-of-the-net strike it should have been.