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Dear Mr. Watterson Reviews

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
July 14, 2016
This is an appreciation steeped in nostalgia, something for fans of the strip to sit back and simply enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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Peter Debruge
December 5, 2013
Everything you'd expect from a crowd-sourced documentary, designed to celebrate its subject, while mostly just validating the aesthetic taste of its backers.
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
November 22, 2013
A big-hearted but overly fawning documentary that -- despite some great interview material -- feel like a soggy toss-off, and missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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
Marc Mohan
November 20, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
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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Sara Stewart
New York Post
November 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
November 15, 2013
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.
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Odie Henderson
November 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 15, 2013
Schroeder isn't as interesting as his subject - he isn't even very interesting on his subject - and he eats up a lot of screentime.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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