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Comic-Con: Episode IV - A Fan's Hope Reviews

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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You don't need to collect or even care about comic books to enjoy this funny, affection valentine to nerd culture.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

May 10, 2012
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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A surprisingly tender look at San Diego Comic-Con...

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

April 20, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

April 19, 2012
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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What Comic-Con requires is neither fan nor foe but an anthropologist.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

April 17, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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"Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" holds enormous appeal for both the geek audience and the casual viewer.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 13, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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!"

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

April 13, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Rambling and scattershot, the film seems to be made expressly for the fans, not for a wider audience.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 12, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 12, 2012
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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Spurlock weaves together several story lines.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

April 12, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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"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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

April 12, 2012
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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A tender, thoughtful paean to geek community.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 10, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Spurlock neither conveys the appeal of this world, nor does he ever, for one minute, stand outside the phenomenon and objectively examine it.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

April 5, 2012
Scott Tobias
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Most of the celebrity interviews offer more hype than insight. A carnival this immense hardly needs more barkers.

Full Review Source: NPR

April 5, 2012
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

April 5, 2012
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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"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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 4, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

April 4, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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You won't appreciate the film fully unless you're already a member of the choir to which it's preaching.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2/4

April 3, 2012
Peter Debruge
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Spurlock brings his usual good-humored approach to the subject, nicely balancing absurdity with genuine human interest.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 23, 2012
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