Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: a Hip, Inventive Blast
Michael Cera and original storytelling make this a winner
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2010 10:31 AM CDT

(Newser) – Critics generally love the inventive storytelling of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a very modern romance that stars Michael Cera. It's based on a graphic novel, and it shows.

  • Joe Neumaier, Daily News: "Plugged into some kind of mental electrical socket by director Edgar Wright, this is a romantic adventure for the ADD age, a pop poem for Millennials that could just as well be titled Scott Pilgrim vs. the Old Ways of Storytelling."
  • Eric D. Snider, Film.com: It's "an exuberant mixture of comic books, video games, and hipster romance," tied together with "unconventional filmmaking techniques." It might be the norm in 10 years, but "for now it's almost revolutionary."

  • Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times: An "inventive, free-floating ode to nerdville" that features "Cera channeling his Cera-ness perfectly, which is tougher than it looks."
  • Kyle Smith, New York Post: Meh, the "movie just skitters this way and that." Worse, it's "having a love affair with itself."