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Dear Mr. Watterson Reviews

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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
December 6, 2013
A charming look at the world of Calvin and Hobbes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 21, 2013
An hour and a half of hero worship, basically. Fine by me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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+
November 19, 2013
A fantastic love letter to Calvin and Hobbes and its fans...
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
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
November 15, 2013
The movie definitely makes you want to read, or re-read, these classics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2013
The term "feel-good documentary" is not often bandied about, but Dear Mr. Watterson is just that.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
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.
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."
Top Critic
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-
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
November 13, 2013
"Dear Mr. Watterson" has a lot of passion but just barely enough insight.
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.
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+
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
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