The first surprise of Comic-Con Episode IV is that it's the first Spurlock film Spurlock isn't in. The second surprise is that it's the most entertaining geek lovefest since 1997's Trekkies.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Written with Mr. Spurlock's frequent collaborator Jeremy Chilnick, the film is well organized and visually snazzy and keeps enough distance from its subject that you don't feel swamped in a tide of hysterical fandom.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Rambling and scattershot, the film seems to be made expressly for the fans, not for a wider audience.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
"Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" holds enormous appeal for both the geek audience and the casual viewer.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
Spurlock weaves together several story lines.
Mark Feeney - Boston Globe
A tender, thoughtful paean to geek community.
Mark Holcomb - Village Voice
"A Fan's Hope" is really for those who've turned to the far side, but is ready to turn on a tractor beam for everyone else.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
What Comic-Con requires is neither fan nor foe but an anthropologist.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
Spurlock brings his usual good-humored approach to the subject, nicely balancing absurdity with genuine human interest.
Peter Debruge - Variety
There isn't a surprising moment, and it's an affirmation for hard-core fans and pretty much everyone else of William Shatner's immortal exhortation to Trekkies: "Get a life!"
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It's a lot to squeeze into 86 minutes, and Spurlock pulls it all together with infectious brio, making us realize that geeks are people, too, who maybe just dream harder than the rest of us.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
It's a light, amusing collage of the titular event, but [Spurlock's] absence makes it clear that the movie could have used a biting edge.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
A surprisingly tender look at San Diego Comic-Con...
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
You won't appreciate the film fully unless you're already a member of the choir to which it's preaching.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
"A Fan's Hope" is a look at the annual San Diego convention that is sweetly empathetic where previous Spurlock works have been brash and confrontational. Plus, it's a lot of fun.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
When you see Marvel happily rubbing shoulders with DC or Star Wars fans chatting to Star Trek fans it makes you proud to be a geek.
Henry Northmore - The List
Best suited to those curious about the convention and/or culture - or those who already embrace it and just want to relive the experience before the next 'Con comes.
Kofi Outlaw - ScreenRant
That rare documentary that plays to the converted and uninitiated alike.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
We're left looking at a mass cult-gathering of fans paying tribute to commercial idols. Individual stories are under-built after being initially overhyped. We're put in the bleachers to watch a field of American pop-cult dreams, and told to cheer.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
...not only captures the passion and energy of the event, it demonstrates how easily subcultures can be exploited by corporate interests.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
It's about people who share a passion and devotion to something that surpasses skin color, religion, and gender.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
You don't need to collect or even care about comic books to enjoy this funny, affection valentine to nerd culture.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Comic-Con is a convention of dreams by and for dreamers. This documentary does a nice job of capturing all the various elements that make this large show work.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
A Fan's Hope is (appropriately) hopeful, likening the attendees whose stories it follows to comic book heroes seeking their own type of redemption.
Steve Tilley - Jam! Movies
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
Spurlock balances the stories of his characters with the larger context, showing us that each of the attendees has a story and that Comic-Con is a place where stories and characters always matter.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Get your geek on.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Morgan Spurlock's documentaries are like the gateway drug for people who can get addicted to sitting in front of hours and hours of Frederick Wiseman docs, immersing themselves in very detailed worlds that lack a clear agenda.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
Comic-Con doesn't even try to scratch the surface of the world's largest geek meet-up. Which is not to say it isn't enjoyable.
Alexandra Cavallo - Boston Phoenix
...an entertaining documentary that also gives the non-geek an education on what a comic book superhero fan really is, which is kind of scary.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Insightful and often very funny. A thoroughly enjoyable documentary.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
a highly entertaining piece that allows those of us who have never attended to be somewhat of a fly on the wall ...while perhaps learning a thing or two
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
... an amusing if superficial observation of bizarre personalities and goings-on that probably won't change the feelings of Comic-Con devotees or outsiders either way.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
Effectively captures the fan experience at the Con, but that's only half the story.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Geek tribes revel in docu about massive commercial event.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
I guarantee if you're human you'll get it.
Christopher Campbell - Movies.com
In the end, this is a film that celebrates the San Diego Comic-Con, and the various personalities and people that attend and embrace it...
Mark Bell - Film Threat
An Odorama cut of Comic-Con would surely be the scariest film ever made.
Matt Singer - Time Out Chicago
In 88 minutes, we get a very decent gloss on the Comic-Con experience and just what it can mean for some people.
Bob Westal - Bullz-Eye.com
Spurlock neither conveys the appeal of this world, nor does he ever, for one minute, stand outside the phenomenon and objectively examine it.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
A loving yet scattered documentary about San Diego Comic-Con International.
Nina Garin - San Diego Union-Tribune
It's bright and breezy and gives you a real sense of being at Comic-con without the hassle of actually, you know, being there...
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Most of the celebrity interviews offer more hype than insight. A carnival this immense hardly needs more barkers.
Scott Tobias - NPR
Comic-Con Episode IV is a valentine to an event and a group of people so in ascension they don't really need it, but it's still a pleasant thing to watch.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
Spurlock has made a marvellous artifact, lacking only the "Odor-ama" that would make this a definitive snapshot of a modern tribe, its sometimes silly sacred relics and sacred rites.
The result is a valentine to geek culture that's crowd-pleasing but superficial, glibly entertaining in the time-tested Spurlock fashion, but unlikely to linger.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
[VIDEO] "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" is entertaining in a queasy way. It's fine to look at all the pretty colors of Kool-Aid so long as you don't drink any.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Morgan Spurlock has little to say about Comic-Con other than that its attendees value it on a par with Christmas.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
I still consider Comic-Con an insidious and reductive force in pop culture. But I had a super time watching Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Cole Abaius - Film School Rejects
There is quite a bit about the film that I like, and there are a few big things about it that I don't like at all.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Unquestionably Morgan Spurlock's most entertaining effort since his debut...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews