You don't need to collect or even care about comic books to enjoy this funny, affection valentine to nerd culture.
| Original Score: 3/4
A surprisingly tender look at San Diego Comic-Con...
It's a lot to squeeze into 86 minutes, and Spurlock pulls it all together with infectious brio, making us realize that geeks are people, too, who maybe just dream harder than the rest of us.
What Comic-Con requires is neither fan nor foe but an anthropologist.
"Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" holds enormous appeal for both the geek audience and the casual viewer.
There isn't a surprising moment, and it's an affirmation for hard-core fans and pretty much everyone else of William Shatner's immortal exhortation to Trekkies: "Get a life!"
| Original Score: 2/4
Rambling and scattershot, the film seems to be made expressly for the fans, not for a wider audience.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Written with Mr. Spurlock's frequent collaborator Jeremy Chilnick, the film is well organized and visually snazzy and keeps enough distance from its subject that you don't feel swamped in a tide of hysterical fandom.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Spurlock weaves together several story lines.
"A Fan's Hope" is really for those who've turned to the far side, but is ready to turn on a tractor beam for everyone else.
| Original Score: 3/5
A tender, thoughtful paean to geek community.
Spurlock neither conveys the appeal of this world, nor does he ever, for one minute, stand outside the phenomenon and objectively examine it.
Most of the celebrity interviews offer more hype than insight. A carnival this immense hardly needs more barkers.
The result is a valentine to geek culture that's crowd-pleasing but superficial, glibly entertaining in the time-tested Spurlock fashion, but unlikely to linger.
| Original Score: B-
"A Fan's Hope" is a look at the annual San Diego convention that is sweetly empathetic where previous Spurlock works have been brash and confrontational. Plus, it's a lot of fun.
The first surprise of Comic-Con Episode IV is that it's the first Spurlock film Spurlock isn't in. The second surprise is that it's the most entertaining geek lovefest since 1997's Trekkies.
| Original Score: A
You won't appreciate the film fully unless you're already a member of the choir to which it's preaching.
Spurlock brings his usual good-humored approach to the subject, nicely balancing absurdity with genuine human interest.