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

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 2, 2012
Morgan Spurlock has little to say about Comic-Con other than that its attendees value it on a par with Christmas.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
July 24, 2012
We're left looking at a mass cult-gathering of fans paying tribute to commercial idols. Individual stories are under-built after being initially overhyped. We're put in the bleachers to watch a field of American pop-cult dreams, and told to cheer.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 3, 2012
You won't appreciate the film fully unless you're already a member of the choir to which it's preaching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 12, 2012
Rambling and scattershot, the film seems to be made expressly for the fans, not for a wider audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 5, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 13, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 17, 2012
What Comic-Con requires is neither fan nor foe but an anthropologist.
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April 5, 2012
Most of the celebrity interviews offer more hype than insight. A carnival this immense hardly needs more barkers.
Nina Garin
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 5, 2012
A loving yet scattered documentary about San Diego Comic-Con International.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
August 22, 2012
That rare documentary that plays to the converted and uninitiated alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Henry Northmore
The List
February 13, 2013
When you see Marvel happily rubbing shoulders with DC or Star Wars fans chatting to Star Trek fans it makes you proud to be a geek.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Grae Drake
Movies.com
April 13, 2012
Morgan Spurlock's documentaries are like the gateway drug for people who can get addicted to sitting in front of hours and hours of Frederick Wiseman docs, immersing themselves in very detailed worlds that lack a clear agenda.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Alexandra Cavallo
Boston Phoenix
April 10, 2012
Comic-Con doesn't even try to scratch the surface of the world's largest geek meet-up. Which is not to say it isn't enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
April 5, 2012
Spurlock has made a marvellous artifact, lacking only the "Odor-ama" that would make this a definitive snapshot of a modern tribe, its sometimes silly sacred relics and sacred rites.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
May 25, 2012
...not only captures the passion and energy of the event, it demonstrates how easily subcultures can be exploited by corporate interests.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 6, 2012
I guarantee if you're human you'll get it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
April 18, 2012
Spurlock balances the stories of his characters with the larger context, showing us that each of the attendees has a story and that Comic-Con is a place where stories and characters always matter.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
October 11, 2011
There is quite a bit about the film that I like, and there are a few big things about it that I don't like at all.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Alison Willmore
Movieline
April 5, 2012
Comic-Con Episode IV is a valentine to an event and a group of people so in ascension they don't really need it, but it's still a pleasant thing to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
April 4, 2012
A surprisingly poignant perspective on the fanboy mecca and really the next best thing to being there.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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