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, May 10, 2012
A surprisingly tender look at San Diego Comic-Con...
- Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail, April 20, 2012
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, April 19, 2012
What Comic-Con requires is neither fan nor foe but an anthropologist.
- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, April 17, 2012
"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, April 13, 2012
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, April 13, 2012
Rambling and scattershot, the film seems to be made expressly for the fans, not for a wider audience.
- Claudia Puig, USA Today, April 12, 2012
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, April 12, 2012
Spurlock weaves together several story lines.
- Mark Feeney, Boston Globe, April 12, 2012
"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, April 12, 2012
A tender, thoughtful paean to geek community.
- Mark Holcomb, Village Voice, April 10, 2012
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, April 05, 2012
Most of the celebrity interviews offer more hype than insight. A carnival this immense hardly needs more barkers.
- Scott Tobias, NPR, April 05, 2012
"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, April 04, 2012
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, April 04, 2012
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, April 03, 2012
Spurlock brings his usual good-humored approach to the subject, nicely balancing absurdity with genuine human interest.
- Peter Debruge, Variety, February 23, 2012
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, April 05, 2012
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, April 04, 2012