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Dear Mr. Watterson Reviews

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Odie Henderson
RogerEbert.com
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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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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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
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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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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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 12, 2013
The talking-head testimonials are mostly preach-to-the-choir gush, and the score by one-man band We Were Pirates grates with its sprightly sentiment.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
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.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
November 12, 2013
Most people hold dearly to the memory of certain things they loved as kids, but those much-fingered scraps of security blanket aren't always enough to hold a documentary together.
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
November 13, 2013
Too much of Dear Mr. Watterson is taken up by Schroeder and an array of non-professional C&H-lovers offering vague praise, with little to no real analysis-aesthetic, historical, or cultural.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 14, 2013
It would make a nice supplement to the real thing, maybe a bonus disc when you purchase the Calvin & Hobbes Collection or something. But it never justifies its own existence.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 14, 2013
Your money would be better used - and Schroeder's points better made - if you spent it on any "Calvin and Hobbes" collection instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
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+
Wes Greene
Slant Magazine
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
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
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
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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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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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-
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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
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+
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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