'Veronica Mars' Movie Review Roundup: Critics Give Reboot Mostly Positive Notices
Veronica Mars, the fan-funded silver screen reboot of the beloved TV series, picks up several years after the events in its last episode, with the titular character embarking on making a name for herself at a high-profile New York City law firm.
The relative peace of her mainstream job is short-lived, as Veronica (Kristen Bell) soon learns that her ex-boyfriend Logan (Jason Dohring) is a prime suspect in the murder of his famous girlfriend. In no time, she’s back in Neptune sleuthing her way to the truth. When she’s not on task to exonerate her onetime adversary, Veronica takes some time to reunite with her old pals, and even winds up at her 10-year high school reunion.
Critics agree that Bell enchants once again as Veronica Mars, effortlessly embodying the witty amateur detective she last played in 2007. Most reviews also favorably remark on TV director Rob Thomas’ handling of the big screen project. As with any reboot project, however, there were naysayers who felt the legacy of Veronica Mars would have been better served had it not reached for a second life.
Veronica Mars Reviews
"Veronica Mars the movie, out today in theaters and on VOD, is indeed the best episode ever of Veronica Mars. […] In the center, of course, is Bell, still right on target with the wisecracks and attitude that made Mars work. With the success of The Hunger Games, Gravity and Bell’s Frozen, strong women are finally being acknowledged in Hollywood.” – Tom Long, Detroit News
"It doesn't make for a particularly ambitious film, but it is a satisfying one as it moves easy, breezy over familiar terrain. The appeal of Veronica Mars from the beginning on TV was the character's clever mix of self-awareness, intelligence, teenage insecurities, crackling dialogue and an old-school style of sleuthing. All those qualities in a more adult form make their way to the big screen right along with Bell, who slips into character like an old pair of jeans.” – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"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. Directed by series creator Rob Thomas the film works as a suspense thriller, and also as a gentle send-up of the genre. It's effective as a sequel to the television series and works just as well as a stand-alone film.” Claudia Puig, USA Today
"The current cultural directive to give the people what they want explains the existence of the Veronica Mars movie, a likable, unmemorable, feature-length footnote to the admired television series that became a cause when it was canceled in 2007. […] Everything feels forced, from Veronica’s almost compulsive snappy patter to a class reunion that includes a sex tape and a brawl.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
Veronica Mars, rated PG-13, is currently in wide release.
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