Dear Mr. Watterson Reviews

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.
November 21, 2013
An hour and a half of hero worship, basically. Fine by me.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
November 13, 2013
"Dear Mr. Watterson" has a lot of passion but just barely enough insight.
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.
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.
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
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.
November 12, 2013
Schroeder tracks the end of innocence in much the same way that the strip captured it each time out.
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.