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New York Post:
The film is, indeed, a bit pat. Sweet and funny - largely thanks to James Corden in the lead role - it's never particularly surprising.
It's a film that swears by the golden formula of crowd-pleasing sentimentality: Let viewers laugh at the struggles and share in the triumphs.
David Frankel's film reduces an extraordinary life to a predictable template of bullying, resolve, success, disappointment, and platitudes - a pattern repeated two or three times until the genuinely moving finale.
Los Angeles Times:
A sweet, funny, heartfelt film, and while we may know all along how it all turns out, Paul's signature performance still gives us chills.
New York Daily News:
"Billy Elliot" fans will likely adore this tale of a sensitive lad misunderstood by his macho dad. Everyone else will find it tepid.
New York Times:
Delivers a screen version of Mr. Potts's life with straightforward crowd-pleasing instincts and more than a dollop of schmaltz.
The problem with the film is that Paul Potts's life story has been put through the Hollywood meatgrinder.
The film shoehorns Potts's life story into a familiar underdog template ...
There's never really terribly much at stake here, except the success of one chubby nerd with dreams of nailing Puccini's "Nessun dorma." But maybe that dream is enough.