Dear Mr. Watterson Reviews

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May 30, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
December 6, 2013
A charming look at the world of Calvin and Hobbes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 21, 2013
An hour and a half of hero worship, basically. Fine by me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
November 19, 2013
An affectionate and personable look at the effect of one man's work on others that doesn't say much beyond that.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 19, 2013
A fantastic love letter to Calvin and Hobbes and its fans...
Bill Gibron
EntertainmentTell
November 16, 2013
(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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
November 15, 2013
...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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
November 15, 2013
The movie definitely makes you want to read, or re-read, these classics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Knight
National Post
November 15, 2013
The term "feel-good documentary" is not often bandied about, but Dear Mr. Watterson is just that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave McGinn
Globe and Mail
November 15, 2013
If you're a fan of Calvin and Hobbes, director Joel Allen Schroeder's documentary Dear Mr. Watterson is more or less pure joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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November 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
November 15, 2013
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.
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
November 14, 2013
Offers not only an in-depth look at the comic strip's unique influence but also a concise snapshot of the dwindling state of newspapers and their "funny pages."
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
November 14, 2013
Should any non-converted souls manage to stumble into Dear Mr. Watterson, the onscreen samples should be enough to stoke their curiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
November 14, 2013
By refusing to turn his subject into a commodity, at least Schroeder remains thematically faithful to Watterson's principles.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Tim Grierson
Paste Magazine
November 13, 2013
"Dear Mr. Watterson" has a lot of passion but just barely enough insight.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 12, 2013
Any "Calvin and Hobbes" fan will enjoy watching Schroeder's film, which is more a love letter to the strip and its publicity-shy creator than anything else.
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
November 12, 2013
Schroeder tracks the end of innocence in much the same way that the strip captured it each time out.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Wes Greene
Slant Magazine
November 11, 2013
Though it begins by spending far too much time talking up the comic's quality, it gradually finds a groove as an incisive portrait of an insecure industry.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 22, 2013
The film will send a viewer scrambling for their lovingly battered old copies of "Yukon Ho!" or "Something Under the Bed is Drooling."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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