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‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Review: Does It Live Up To The Hype?

Fri, March 14, 2014 5:40pm EDT by Elizabeth Wagmeister Add first Comment

‘Veronica Mars’ fans took to Kickstarter, raising a record breaking $5,702,153 for the film to be created. So was the money worth it? We look to the industry’s top critics to see what they have to say about the return of the fan favorite series.

Marshmallows, listen up! Veronica Mars is back and she’s on the big screen. Keep reading to see if the sassy sleuth (Kristen Bell) lived up to her teenage fandemonium.

‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Reviews

Rolling Stone

“Too much time wasted on a whodunit that’s more like a who-cares. Mars fans will have a blast…The Veronica we meet nine years later has camouflaged the emotionally bruised California teen from the fictional town of Neptune. She’s a New York lawyer, wearing her chic suits like armor and settled in with nice guy Piz Piznarski (Chris Lowell)…But it’s Bell…you want to follow anywhere. Bell is irresistible, and she makes us care.”

New York Daily News

“It’s evident in every carefully crafted scene that director Rob Thomas wants to please the 91,585 Kickstarter backers who were determined to see his young TV detective move to the multiplex. So congratulations, loyalists. Veronica’s return is everything you’ve hoped it would be. It’s so much fun you may want to put a few bucks aside for a sequel.”

USA Today

“Kristen Bell reprises the sassy sleuth role she played for three TV seasons. She’s as sharp, engaging and witty as ever. Maturity has only made her more charming.”

The Washington Post

“I loved the television show. Yet I found myself curiously stuck between the first and second camps. It’s good to have Veronica back…But the movie lacks some of the verve and chemistry that made the series a must-see. I guess that makes the movie more of a good-to-see.”


“It’s too bad the story plays like an old episode of Murder She Wrote, with none of the sophistication we would expect from a big screen outing. Veronica Mars is a character based piece, with the murder tagged on to give us a reason for watching, but it would have been more interesting if the death was more than just a McGuffin.”

The Salt Lake Tribune

Veronica Mars appeals to fans and newcomers. Return of TV detective has wit and warmth. Bell is perfect as Veronica, peppering the tiny P.I.’s spunky attitude with an undercurrent of sadder-but-wiser experience.”

HollywoodLifers, are you running to theaters to catch the return of Veronica Mars? Let us know!

— Elizabeth Wagmeister

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