Dear Mr. Watterson

2013

Dear Mr. Watterson

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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

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (16)

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

    Dec 5, 2013 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Variety
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  • An hour and a half of hero worship, basically. Fine by me.

    Nov 21, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 15, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • If you're a fan of Calvin and Hobbes, director Joel Allen Schroeder's documentary Dear Mr. Watterson is more or less pure joy.

    Nov 15, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 15, 2013 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

    Ian Buckwalter

    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.

    Nov 15, 2013 | Full Review…

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