Comic Book Villains

2002

Comic Book Villains (2002)

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In a sleepy small town there are two vibrant comic books stores that are rival universes unto themselves. Events spiral absurdly, violently out of control when the owners of the two shops -- nerdy hipster Ray (Donal Logue) and the nebbishy husband and wife team of Norman and Judy (Michael Rapaport and Natasha Lyonne) -- compete for a priceless collection of books left by the dead son of elderly Mrs. Cresswell (Eileen Brennan). Ray's friend, Archie (D.J. Qualls), tries to stop Ray from hiring a sleazy thief (Cary Elwes), but to no avail. Things get very ugly indeed.

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Critic Reviews for Comic Book Villains

All Critics (4)

Once the ante is upped to violence, about halfway through, the movie becomes entirely unfunny and tiresome.

Jul 30, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If there's one saving grace of Comic Book Villains (and it's a big one), it's the eclectic group of cool indie actors populating the farce.

Oct 20, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If you're a comic book fan, you definitely have to pick this puppy up.

Sep 4, 2002 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Comic Book Villains

½

"Why would you want to leave town? Everything worth having's right here. Raymond's store, Dominoes pizza."             Comic Book Villains is an original and dark movie. Although obviously steered toward the comic book fan; I was able to enjoy it and I've read only around a dozen or so comic books in my life. What makes this movie so likable for me is the cast; it's pretty amazing. Cary Elwes, Donal Logue, D.J. Qualls, Michael Rapaport, Danny Masterson, Eileen Brennan, and James Duvall(Yeah Frank from Donnie Darko). For an independent film that has absolutely no following this is an all-star cast. The plot is pretty straightforward. There are two rival comic book owners trying to get a huge and priceless collection of comic books from an old lady. To do so they try being nice to her for awhile; fixing stuff around the hous, bringing her groceries, but after awhile they see she's never going to sell. The last 30 minutes get a little too crazy for the movies own good, but I still see it as a diamond in the rough. Obviously, I'm in the minority of the few people that have seen it.

Melvin White
Melvin White

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A pretty shitty movie that has a direct message to the stereotypical comic book fan. Silly music and an all around unfunny poor try at entertainment.

James Alvarez
James Alvarez

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½

Excellent for the comic book fans. There are some fun moments in the flick and then it starts to get crazy and dark. I liked it and I thought casting was pretty good here.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

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Dark comedy, which isn't very funny. The characters aren't too likeable in this one. There isn't enough comic book geekdom shown, so it's not much fun. Not too enjoyable.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

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