Veronica Mars

Critics Consensus

It might be a more entertaining watch for diehard fans of the show, but Veronica Mars offers enough sharp writing and solid performances to entertain viewers in the mood for a character-driven thriller.

79%

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78%

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On the eve of graduating law school, Veronica Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her. While interviewing at high-end New York law firms, Veronica Mars gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don't seem right with how Logan's case is perceived and handled, Veronica finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind. (c) Official Site

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Cast

Kristen Bell
as Veronica Mars
Ryan Hansen
as Dick Casablancas
Jason Dohring
as Logan Echolls
Chris Lowell
as Stosh 'Piz' Piznarski
Tina Majorino
as Cindy 'Mac' Mackenzie
Percy Daggs III
as Wallace Fennel
Enrico Colantoni
as Keith Mars
Krysten Ritter
as Gia Goodman
James Franco
as Himself
Jamie Lee Curtis
as Gayle Buckley
Martin Starr
as Lou 'Cobb' Cobbler
Gaby Hoffmann
as Ruby Jetson
Ken Marino
as Vinnie Van Lowe
Amanda Noret
as Madison Sinclair
Daran Norris
as Cliff McCormack
Max Greenfield
as Leo D'Amato
Jerry O'Connell
as Sheriff Dan Lamb
Duane Daniels
as Van Clemmons
Dave Allen
as 60-Year-Old Rocker
Larry Bates
as Leonard March
Kyle Bornheimer
as Hellskier
Jessica Camacho
as Martina Vasquez
Patrick Cox
as Bouncer
Ryan Devlin
as Mercer Hayes
Meredith Eaton
as Receptionist
Alejandro Escovedo
as Grungy Busker
Andrea Estella
as Carrie Bishop
Benjamin Franczuszki
as Logan in College
Ira Glass
as Himself
Robert Hallak
as Reporter #2
Adam Hart
as Deputy #1
Brandon Hillock
as Deputy Sacks
Sam Huntington
as Luke Haldeman
Eddie Jemison
as JC Borden
Adam Johnson
as Low Rent D.J.
Dorian Kingi
as Vapid Tool
Jessica Knight
as News Reporter
Christine Lakin
as Susan Knight
Harvey Levin
as Himself
Akiko Morison
as Mrs. Quan
Ingo Neuhaus
as Beefy Deputy
Geoff Pilkington
as Valet Attendant
Alex Poncio
as Drunken Canadian
Nora Sakal
as Ferocious Girl
Dax Shepard
as Overconfident Club Boy
Eden Sher
as Penny
Kevin Sheridan
as Sean Friedrich
Maury Sterling
as Deputy Lyles
Lisa Thornhill
as Celeste Kane
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Critic Reviews for Veronica Mars

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (41)

  • Perhaps you need to be a lover of the original series to fully appreciate this latest effort.

    Jan 2, 2018 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Veronica Mars will definitely please the fans desperate to catch up with the residents of Neptune, but I feel certain it won't sate us for long.

    Jun 9, 2017 | Full Review…

    Jenni Miller

    Film.com
    Top Critic
  • The film is an obvious labor of love for all concerned, and the good times are infectious.

    Mar 24, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The film even manages things neatly at the end: we get a mixture of closure and openness, in which things are rounded off, yet there's still the possibility of another adventure.

    Mar 21, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The uninitiated may not go for the all-too-convenient crime solving, melodramatic love triangle, and playful banter, but cultists will find all the show's pleasures intact.

    Mar 20, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Veronica herself is such a breath of fresh air as a strong female character: smart, secure, resourceful, loyal, funny and not the slightest bit chickish.

    Mar 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Veronica Mars

  • Nov 01, 2014
    I didn't like how Veronica treated her boyfriend. And some parts of this film didn't make any sense to me. However the cast was good and I've always had a soft spot for mysteries. And this was a good mystery. The storyline was good and kept me entertained. The script had some decent humor. The characters were likable. I got the jest of what the film's background was, and knew enough going in. The way the film ended, it was left open for a sequel, and I would definitely watch it.
    Jim P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 01, 2014
    Hey, Donovan fans, if you like "Jennifer Jupiter", then you're going to love her cousin, Veronica Mars. Speaking of rip-offs, I understand that programs on the CW are kind of a cheap take on pop culture, but I didn't know that they made a show that was just about the sister of Bruno Mars... or something. Man, Bruno Mars is enough of a cheap take on, I don't know, Michael Jackson, but in case you need some evidence to support that he's not black, then you need only to watch this show or this film, because it doesn't get much whiter than Kristen Bell. So, uh, yeah, needless to say, I haven't been taking my chances with CW's reportedly hit-or-miss programs, and have just not watched any of them at all, even those considered to be among the good ones, like this show, and yet, I think that I'm taking less of a chance by seeing if this film based on a TV show is good. It's a dramedy about a somewhat meek, female private investigator that is produced, written and directed by a guy behind a bunch of CW shows, and is being released under a low-profile on video-on-demand, so what could possibly go wrong? You do have to give this film credit for something, because where a lot of these well-received shows have been rounded out or just plain canned, then gone on and on about finishing up with a movie, Rob Thomas actually had the guts to go for it with his show. I guess it paid off just fine, because this film is getting pretty good reviews, and is certainly enjoyable to me, although I do have my issues with it. Diane Ruggiero's and Rob Thomas' script is an issue in a number of ways, even when it comes to characterization that, no matter how colorful, is thin and stereotypical, partly defined by cheesy and improbable dialogue, humor, and happenings, - both inconsequential and narrative - all exacerbated by familiarity. The TV conventions are most glaring, but even as a film of its, this is nothing new, following the usual beat and path for detective comedy-thrillers, and taking a bit of time to do so, offering plenty of forced filler that doesn't simply slow down momentum, but takes focus the central plot, which isn't to say that incoherencies end there. Unevenness, on top of driving the storytelling to get a little dodgy with its sense of progression, plagues anything from the usage of an over-explanatory narration, to a tone which alternates between near-cloyingly fluffy humor and, well, a nonetheless lightweight edge. I'm not especially familiar with the show, but I understand that there was a lot of acclaim directed towards colorfully interesting cases and meaningful themes, and here, rather than beefing up depth for a cinematic setting, this film plays weight quite a ways down, and crafts a somewhat inconsequential plot that feels sort of like filler, and can't afford to, considering how diluted it is by natural shortcomings deriving from television sensibilities. The film incorporates a number of cinematic elements, all behind the entertainment value that TV typically works hard to maintain, but in most every other area, this film lazily conforms to televisual tropes that often have to be witnessed in order to be believed, ranging from a lame relevant soundtrack and a couple cultural references (I think a factor in this film's getting made was the fact that the show ended before texting became a second language in America to make recurrent references to; also, kids, may I be struck down if Instagram and James Franco don't come into the plot at some point), to contrived writing that is cleansed of subtlety and theatrical edge, as well as bloated with all of that cornball characterization, writing and direction which I alluded to earlier, and can only allude to, considering that it's difficult to describe just how superficial this film gets to be at times. I did my fair share of jokingly expressing a concern for how TV sensibilities would fail to translate all that comfortably onto the silver screen, but really, there are a number of aspects in this film that would bother me in a TV show, and are really offputting in the context of filmmaking that is unnerving enough in its familiarity, unevenness and natural dramatic shortcomings. This film is almost ruined by its borderline ineptitude, but it is ultimately saved by high-caliber entertainment value, backed by certain other admirable qualities, such as good looks. The TV series' basic cable combination of technical flatness and overwrought gloss have been cleaned out of the visual style of this property for this film, replaced by neo-noirish sensibilities within Ben Kutchins' cinematography that fall over captivating noirish visuals, but are consistently handsome in their crisp definition and subtle shadowing which are both surprisingly good-looking, sometimes gorgeous, and which define the cinematic flavor of this film as much as anything. Cinematic style is there, and when it comes to substance, as I said, it's largely very television in its superficiality, complete with a thin plot and lazily flimsy scripting, both of which have just enough quality to get you by, with the story concept being a little more solid than its scripted interpretation, featuring a reasonably intriguing and complicated murder mystery case that is, in a lot of ways, a vehicle for Veronica Mars' colorful return to a home that has plenty to loathe and plenty to love. Even with the thin subject matter material they're handed, screenwriters Diane Ruggiero and Rob Thomas squander a great deal of potential, with contrivances, conventions, improbability and cheese, all of which are typically basic cable TV-grade, and yet, like I said, the script has its admirable qualities, which include fun heights in humor and set piece crafting, in addition to characterization that its trite and paper-thin, but flaunts plenty of distinct roles, further sold by performances that may be even more colorful. Now, looking at how TV this film's direction, and at how a number of people reprising his or her role from the "Veronica Mars" series are lucky to get a film break like this, it should come as no surprise that there are a few supporting performances which fall flat, but on the whole, there's plenty of charisma and chemistry throughout this broad cast, headed by Kristen Bell, who endears as much as I presume she did in the role that broke her out. Bell's and most of her peers' performances are never short on charm, delivering on it to such an extent that it proves to be an instrumental supplement to the color and entertainment value which save this flimsy affair, which nonetheless stands a very real chance of collapsing into mediocrity at best. Rob Thomas, as director, deserves a lot of the blame for the laziness that deals some devastating blows to the enjoyability of this film, and also deserves a lot of credit for defining the enjoyability which transcends mediocrity, having a couple nifty stylistic touches and delivering on a tight enough pace to bring in some tension when the plot thickens, while never letting up on entertainment value. Indeed, the fun factor of this film is sound, so much so that it saves the final product, which is so lazy and misguided that it all but falls flat, just barely, but surely saved as an entertaining, if rather forgettable flick. When the case is closed yet again, Diane Ruggiero's and Rob Thomas' script is plagued with improbability, cheesiness and contrivances, in addition to conventions, excesses and inconsistencies, which shine a light on the natural shortcomings of a somewhat inconsequential story concept that goes intensified by frustratingly superficial TV-style direction, almost to where the final product falls flat, ultimately saved by the handsome cinematography, intriguing story concept, clever script highlights, charismatic performances, and lively storytelling that manage to save the film follow-up to "Veronica Mars" as a fun, if flimsy revisiting of a hit TV saga. 2.5/5 - Fair
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • Sep 25, 2014
    Failed to strike a chord with me. I've not watched the series, let alone be its fan, and have no idea if it affects the viewing experience any which way.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Sep 08, 2014
    This is a great continuation of the Veronica Mars television show, and a thoughtfully planned ending to a saga that everyone wanted to see finished. Cancelled before its time was over, the original show had an edgy, yet wounded lead character who didn't take shit from anyone and solved mysteries because they interested her. In this update we see all our favorite supporting characters, we resolve the relationship between Logan and Veronica once and for all, and the writing is of the same quality as the original show. The only thing that felt strange was the way the film ended. It was very sudden, almost unplanned in its bland simplicity. It's not that it's uncharacteristic of Veronica, either, just that it's very out of nowhere. Otherwise I found every moment in keeping with its predecessor, and a perfect end to a lovely show.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer

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