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, 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."