Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope Reviews

  • 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)

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