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Dear Mr. Watterson (2013)

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 8

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Joel Allen Schroeder's documentary Dear Mr. Watterson: An Exploration of Calvin & Hobbes introduces us to numerous people who were profoundly influenced by the philosophical and very warmhearted comic strip created and written by Bill Watterson, who has studiously avoided the spotlight since ending the strip in 1995. Nearly two decades later, the film showcases how the collected works of Watterson still speak to readers everywhere. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Apr 21, 2014

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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (12)

Everything you'd expect from a crowd-sourced documentary, designed to celebrate its subject, while mostly just validating the aesthetic taste of its backers.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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An hour and a half of hero worship, basically. Fine by me.

November 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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It was one of the greats of the now-nearly-defunct Sunday funnies, no doubt. Unfortunately, there's not much cinematic magic in watching the director reading the strip, or hearing various other enthusiasts talk about how much they loved it.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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If you're a fan of Calvin and Hobbes, director Joel Allen Schroeder's documentary Dear Mr. Watterson is more or less pure joy.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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If nothing else, it's a pleasant reminder that if you haven't taken those Calvin & Hobbes anthologies off the shelf in a while, maybe it's time to go exploring again.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: NPR
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At one point, someone marvels at Calvin's sheer "lust for life," and while Mr. Schroeder, no doubt, has a parallel fascination with his favorite comic strip, the film doesn't follow through.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A very worthwhile address of the art and industry of comic strips as a whole. Schroeder has a great appreciation for what his expert interviewees have to say.

May 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Nonfics

A charming look at the world of Calvin and Hobbes.

December 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

A big-hearted but overly fawning documentary that -- despite some great interview material -- feel like a soggy toss-off, and missed opportunity.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

You may not learn anything from this mild, unremarkable film, but you might be tempted to order the deluxe, four-volume "The Complete Calvin and Hobbes" after watching it.

November 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

An affectionate and personable look at the effect of one man's work on others that doesn't say much beyond that.

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

A fantastic love letter to Calvin and Hobbes and its fans...

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

(D)epending on how much you adore Calvin and Hobbes as both a creation and a comic, Dear Mr. Watterson will either be a disappointment or a discovery.

November 16, 2013 Full Review Source: EntertainmentTell
EntertainmentTell

...the 90-minute documentary doesn't pretend to be anything more than it is: a love letter to a great comic, providing a digestible version of its history with an eye to its legacy.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

The movie definitely makes you want to read, or re-read, these classics.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The term "feel-good documentary" is not often bandied about, but Dear Mr. Watterson is just that.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

Whatever one might say about this documentary's excesses, it's the work of some talented filmmakers: The directing, editing, cinematography, music and visual effects all impress.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

I was frustrated to the point of rewinding the screener and pausing it so I could take in what was being described. In a theater, you won't have this luxury.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
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