The film is an obvious labor of love for all concerned, and the good times are infectious.
The uninitiated may not go for the all-too-convenient crime solving, melodramatic love triangle, and playful banter, but cultists will find all the show's pleasures intact.
Veronica herself is such a breath of fresh air as a strong female character: smart, secure, resourceful, loyal, funny and not the slightest bit chickish.
This isn't just a nostalgia trip. Almost a decade has passed, and the characters aren't just older, they've changed in recognizable and gratifying ways.
Somehow, miraculously, the Veronica Mars movie is definitely not bad. It's pretty damn good, actually.
Matt Zoller Seitz
All in all the movie delivers what you expect but not in the way that you expect it, which makes it work as both a long-delayed fourth chapter in Veronica's story and a rare big-screen version of a TV show ...
Right now, the question is how did Veronica Mars turn out as a movie? It's a mixed bag. Too much time wasted on a whodunit that's more like a who-cares. No matter. Mars fans will have a blast.
Veronica Mars is a delightful piece of fan service - a supersized TV reunion episode expanded for viewing in movie theaters.
In the center, of course, is Bell, still right on target with the wisecracks and attitude that made "Mars" work.