Dear Mr. Watterson
Dear Mr. Watterson (2013)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 15, 2013
DVD Release Date: April 21, 2014
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Peter Debruge

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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Dave McGinn
Globe and Mail

If you're a fan of Calvin and Hobbes, director Joel Allen Schroeder's documentary Dear Mr. Watterson is more or less pure joy.

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon

This is an appreciation steeped in nostalgia, something for fans of the strip to sit back and simply enjoy.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

An hour and a half of hero worship, basically. Fine by me.

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Ian Buckwalter

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.

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Christopher Campbell

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.

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Sara Stewart
New York Post

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.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

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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Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

A charming look at the world of Calvin and Hobbes.

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