Dear Mr. Watterson
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Joel Allen Schroeder's documentary Dear Mr. Watterson: An Exploration of Calvin & Hobbes introduces us to numerous people who were profoundly influenced by the philosophical and very warmhearted comic strip created and written by Bill Watterson, who has studiously avoided the spotlight since ending the strip in 1995. Nearly two decades later, the film showcases how the collected works of Watterson still speak to readers everywhere. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Everything you'd expect from a crowd-sourced documentary, designed to celebrate its subject, while mostly just validating the aesthetic taste of its backers."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
"If you're a fan of Calvin and Hobbes, director Joel Allen Schroeder's documentary Dear Mr. Watterson is more or less pure joy."
‑ Dave McGinn, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Nonfics
"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."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"(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."
‑ Bill Gibron, EntertainmentTell
"An hour and a half of hero worship, basically. Fine by me."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"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."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"A charming look at the world of Calvin and Hobbes."
‑ Clint O'Connor, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"An affectionate and personable look at the effect of one man's work on others that doesn't say much beyond that."
‑ Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects
"...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."
‑ Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist
"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."
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
"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."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"A big-hearted but overly fawning documentary that -- despite some great interview material -- feel like a soggy toss-off, and missed opportunity."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"A fantastic love letter to Calvin and Hobbes and its fans..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The movie definitely makes you want to read, or re-read, these classics."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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