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  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The deeply private, intensely ideological and undeniably brilliant Watterson would make an absolutely fascinating subject. But director Joel Allen Schroeder has no access to him. So instead he talks a lot about how much he loves “Calvin and Hobbes” and then invites other fans to do the same. show more

  • 60
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    For all its fandom and self-indulgence, Dear Mr. Watterson does offer some insightful musings about the decline of comic strips in general, with their content ever shrinking due to the diminished state of the newspaper industry. show more

  • 60
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    The documentary is at its best when it eases up on the adoration a little and turns to a serious discussion of the state of comics these days, what with newspapers on the decline and digital media scattering an art form that was once centralized on pages delivered to everyone's door. show more

  • 63
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Schroeder’s film makes a convincing case that the fact that the characters have never been licensed has a lot to do with why it is still so precious to so many people. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    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. show more

  • 63
    Odie Henderson

    As they discuss "how much this strip meant to me," I got the sense that Dear Mr. Watterson was as uninterested in them as I was; they're not even identified. show more

  • 50
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    Like the rest of Dear Mr. Watterson, it’s a good-hearted gesture. But unlike Calvin’s alter ego Spaceman Spiff, this film never manages to achieve liftoff. show more

  • 60
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    It’s not a bad movie, by any means. Just repetitive in its relentless praise. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    Still, if any modern strip is worthy of an extended, Hobbes-style tongue bath, it’s this one. show more

  • 50
    Noel Murray The Dissolve

    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. show more

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