Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Mar 14, 2014
    88
    I can't imagine anyone who liked the show not enjoying this film, even though the first half is stronger than the second, which spirals into a frenzy of double- and triple-crossing that's less engaging than watching the characters reconnect, awkwardly but with feeling.
  2. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Apr 18, 2014
    83
    As someone who enjoyed the show enormously while it was on the air, I am relieved to report that the film felt to me like it successfully recaptured the spirit of the show's first season.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 14, 2014
    80
    The mystery isn't the reason to watch the film. Bell is. She's the perfect vehicle for Thomas' sharp, sassy writing, able to deliver a pop-culture-infused put-down with ease. And yet she is also vulnerable, something her relationship with her father drives home.
  4. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 13, 2014
    80
    It’s so much fun you may want to put a few bucks aside for a sequel.
  5. Reviewed by: Catherine Simpson
    Mar 10, 2014
    80
    An emotionally rewarding reunion tour for established fans and a taut, sharp-tongued, character-driven thriller for all, Veronica Mars makes a compelling case for its heroine’s continued existence.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Mar 13, 2014
    75
    A film noir detective story that works for both devotees of the series and the uninitiated.
  7. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Mar 12, 2014
    75
    For the most part, Veronica Mars plays like a very solid episode of the series, the kind unlikely to rank among fan favorites. It could, however, serve as fine fuel for a sequel, one that wouldn’t find Veronica resisting — for half of her time on screen — the urge to do what she does best. Keep your hearts (and wallets) open, marshmallows.
  8. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Mar 12, 2014
    75
    As directed by series creator Rob Thomas, the movie, like the show, is entertainingly fast-talking in a tidy, faux-serious way. Kristen Bell, if anything, has only gained in appeal.
  9. Reviewed by: Abhimanyu Das
    Mar 12, 2014
    75
    For all its references to the show's history, the film never panders. It's an evolution of the core concept as opposed to a nostalgia-tinged reproduction, and is all the better for it.
  10. Reviewed by: Jette Kernion
    Mar 9, 2014
    75
    Thomas and his co-writer Diane Ruggiero have penned a self-avowed love letter to the fans of the series, but grounded it in a solid thriller with compelling characters and bright comic moments.
  11. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Mar 9, 2014
    75
    As pithy and sharp-witted as the screenplay is ... the direction by series creator Rob Thomas ... is oftentimes flat and visually dull. ... And so the movie, is more than anything, a bold and breathless work of fan service, configured by the creators of the original series for the maximum enjoyment of the fans of the original series.
  12. Reviewed by: Margaret Lyons
    Mar 17, 2014
    70
    Somehow, miraculously, the Veronica Mars movie is definitely not bad. It's pretty damn good, actually.
  13. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Mar 13, 2014
    70
    It is clear in every frame that the filmmakers and actors really appreciate that loyalty. It doesn't make for a particularly ambitious film, but it is a satisfying one as it moves easy, breezy over familiar terrain.
  14. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Mar 11, 2014
    70
    While the Veronica Mars film feels a bit small and closed-off by big-screen standards, it will no doubt be big and welcoming enough to those who love the series.
  15. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Mar 11, 2014
    70
    If you've never seen the show, it's a great excuse for binge-watching. And if you loved the show, the movie is a welcome homecoming. It has the feeling of a story that has been, against all odds, loved into existence. Probably because that's exactly what it is.
  16. Reviewed by: Jenni Miller
    Mar 10, 2014
    70
    The winks and nods to fans are deliciously satisfying.
  17. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Mar 12, 2014
    67
    Marshmallow nation, you may now exhale: Rob Thomas did ya right.
  18. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Mar 14, 2014
    63
    Veronica Mars is a great deal more than a bonus episode, but slightly less than a movie.
  19. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Mar 13, 2014
    63
    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.
  20. Reviewed by: Carl Wilson
    Mar 13, 2014
    63
    As a moviegoer, I have to say that that broader success isn’t earned here. You are much better off getting the Season 1 DVD to understand why many of us invested emotionally and financially in this tiny, annoying blonde, whose sparky banter is just a counterweight to her vertigo in a world forever upside down.
  21. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Mar 13, 2014
    63
    Kristen Bell shines as Veronica, playing the character as a more mature version of her TV persona.
  22. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Mar 13, 2014
    63
    It's Bell – riding high with the Disney-animated "Frozen" and Showtime's carnal-fixated "House of Lies" – you want to follow anywhere. Bell is irresistible, and she makes us care.
  23. 63
    For all its fun flourishes and tepid over familiarity, fans are going to dig this. It is, after all, the movie they paid for. They’re the folks who “like this sort of thing.” The rest of us can be forgiven for waiting for it to show up on Netflix — on TV.
  24. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Mar 12, 2014
    60
    There’s something rather bland about Veronica Mars – even the murderers have neat hair and nice clothes – and the largely forgettable cast don’t help. But the one-liners are sharp, the plot unpredictable and the whole thing ticks along with a minimum of fuss.
  25. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Mar 11, 2014
    60
    Anyone who has ever loved a television show can see that Thomas and his crew are working overtime to give VM aficionados everything they want.
  26. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Mar 9, 2014
    60
    Thomas’ direction, especially of the villainous roles, gives a lot of the action a self-conscious, not-quite-real quality. Some aspects of the movie’s intentional artifice work better than others.
  27. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Mar 9, 2014
    60
    It plays less like a meaty mystery than an extended thank-you to the fans who breathed it into existence. Still, it’s smooth and engaging enough on its own compromised terms, clearly informed by Thomas’ genre-savvy storytelling and unpretentious craftsmanship, and not without a certain self-deprecating sense of humor about its own immodest origins.
  28. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Mar 13, 2014
    50
    A likable, unmemorable, feature-length footnote to the admired television series.
  29. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Mar 13, 2014
    50
    As a movie, Veronica Mars looks and feels, well, like a glorified TV movie, with just decent production values, mostly unexceptional performances and ridiculous plot developments no more innovative than you’d see on a dozen network TV detective shows.
  30. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 13, 2014
    50
    They’re calling it a movie, but no matter how you squint at it it’s a TV show.
  31. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 13, 2014
    50
    Most of the clues in Veronica Mars pertain either to Internet sex tapes or the various surveillance uses of the latest tablets. Anybody who works in tech support will probably enjoy the film a tad more than I did.
  32. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Mar 13, 2014
    50
    Although most of the actors beyond Bell aren't big film stars, Jamie Lee Curtis gets a few minutes of screen time, and James Franco makes a spectacularly self-deprecating cameo. Whatever they contributed to the Kickstarter campaign, it was worth every cent.
  33. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Mar 11, 2014
    50
    The best parts of this awkwardly paced film are Bell’s scenes with Enrico Colantoni, who returns as her private investigator dad, concerned she’s throwing away a bright future by getting sucked back into her old life.
  34. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Mar 13, 2014
    42
    Veronica Mars, the movie, plays like a two-parter without commercials. Its uninspired framing and static action suits a TV screen better than a multiplex's.
  35. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Mar 17, 2014
    40
    Proves more footnote than fresh start.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 104 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. Jul 6, 2014
    1
    As a huge fan of the TV series, I am disappointed on a whole new level in this movie and I think people who have never seen the TV show wouldAs a huge fan of the TV series, I am disappointed on a whole new level in this movie and I think people who have never seen the TV show would be even more bored and disappointed in this movie. It just feels really lame, it was extremely boring and it seems a too forced. I would liken it to the 9th season of scrubs - actually it's significantly worse than that. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone - especially fans of the show. Full Review »
  2. Mar 22, 2014
    6
    While dong a great job of offering a nostalgic experience for fans, the Veronica Mars movie fails to be a good movie or even a good VeronicaWhile dong a great job of offering a nostalgic experience for fans, the Veronica Mars movie fails to be a good movie or even a good Veronica Mars episode. The focus seemed primarily on reintroducing old characters and cameos who had very little to do with the plot. The plot that was there was overly simple and not up to the usual Veronica Mars quality. Full Review »
  3. Mar 16, 2014
    6
    My main issue with this movie is that it seemed like one not so special additional episode of the TV series. I watched every episode when theyMy main issue with this movie is that it seemed like one not so special additional episode of the TV series. I watched every episode when they were originally aired years ago and I enjoyed them. Despite the enthusiasm of the kick starter campaign it seems that the actors were simply going through the motions this time around. I never thought I would say this but Kristen Bell is much better as her character in house of lies than she is as the older Veronica Mars. And what the hell happened to Logan Echols? He either looked like a little boy or a shrunken headed bodybuilder in that Navy uniform. I will say that it was cool seeing Veronica's dad and weevil back in action. This is absolutely one for the fans only. If you haven't seen the show skip it. Full Review »