"We're constantly kept on our toes regarding issues of representation while
Pekar's sour but indefatigable working-class skepticism carries us along."
—Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

"The rare artist biopic that goes beyond the dull march of events
and actually illuminates the creative process."
—Scott Tobias, The Onion A.V. Club

"Hugely enjoyable and very clever portrait of Harvey Pekar."
 —Geoff Andrew, Time Out New York

"A glorious rebuke to all this summer's recycled, effects-ridden, laboriously fun Hollywood disappointments piled along the wayside like so many crashed cars."
—David Ansen, Newsweek

"Magnificently audacious movie, in which fact and fiction sometimes coexist in the same frame."
—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"In its ugly way, it shows the purest and most transcendental form of beauty,
which is just life adapting and continuing."
—Stephen Hunter, Washington Post

"One of those rare, inventively made movies that isn't so taken with its own novelty it loses
sight of its characters. Its warmth is for real, and it enwraps you."
—Stephanie Zacharek, Salon