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You don't need to collect or even care about comic books to enjoy this funny, affection valentine to nerd culture.

-Rene RodriguezFull Review

A surprisingly tender look at San Diego Comic-Con...

-Stephen ColeFull Review

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 HowellFull Review

What Comic-Con requires is neither fan nor foe but an anthropologist.

-Anthony LaneFull Review

"Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" holds enormous appeal for both the geek audience and the casual viewer.

-Michael O'SullivanFull Review

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 LumenickFull Review

Rambling and scattershot, the film seems to be made expressly for the fans, not for a wider audience.

-Claudia PuigFull Review

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 HoldenFull Review

Spurlock weaves together several story lines.

-Mark FeeneyFull Review

"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 NeumaierFull Review

A tender, thoughtful paean to geek community.

-Mark HolcombFull Review

Spurlock neither conveys the appeal of this world, nor does he ever, for one minute, stand outside the phenomenon and objectively examine it.

-Mick LaSalleFull Review

Most of the celebrity interviews offer more hype than insight. A carnival this immense hardly needs more barkers.

-Scott TobiasFull Review

"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 TuranFull Review

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 GleibermanFull Review

You won't appreciate the film fully unless you're already a member of the choir to which it's preaching.

-Christy LemireFull Review

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 NorthmoreFull Review

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 OutlawFull Review

That rare documentary that plays to the converted and uninitiated alike.

-William BibbianiFull Review

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 GibsonFull Review

...not only captures the passion and energy of the event, it demonstrates how easily subcultures can be exploited by corporate interests.

-Jeff MeyersFull Review

It's about people who share a passion and devotion to something that surpasses skin color, religion, and gender.

-Felix Vasquez Jr.Full Review

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 AlexandriaFull Review

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 TilleyFull Review

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 MinowFull Review

Get your geek on.

-James VerniereFull Review

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 DrakeFull Review

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 CavalloFull Review

...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 CliffordFull Review


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