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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World reviews -- and trailer

As promised, here's a look at reviews for "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," one of the week's big book-to-movie adaptations. (We'll be back later with reviews of "Eat Pray Love.") I bet that bringing a Bryan Lee O'Malley graphic novel to the screen is easier than adpating pure text, because the original version carries visual clues for the director -- and viewers. Here are exceprts of reviews for the movie, which stars Michael Cera as the supreme slacker.

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Village Voice -- For all of Scott Pilgrim's strict adherence to the comic—the stylized video-game imagery, the rock-and-roll and references, the self-conscious merging of chop-socky action and puppy-dog-sweet sentiment—it goes even deeper, conveying the ache pulsating between the lines in O'Malley's original, which was so simply drawn that it looks like the work of a child not even trying very hard.

Variety -- With Michael Cera in the title role, twentysomethings and under will swiftly embrace this original romancer, which treats the subject as if there were nothing more important in all the universe, though anyone over 25 is likely to find director Edgar Wright's adaptation of the cult graphic novel exhausting, like playing chaperone at a party full of oversexed college kids.

New York -- At first the crazy-quilt inventiveness of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World can put you over the moon: Yes, this is how you bring a graphic novel to life onscreen! ... Given these marvels, why ... isn't it the coolest movie ever? One problem is, well, Scott Pilgrim. Cera dials down his patented semi-castrato hysteria and doesn't play every scene on the defensive, but our superhero is still a super-cipher: callow, cowardly, morose.

The New Yorker -- The film is alive with bad rock bands and dizzying bit parts, the standout being Kieran Culkin, in the role of Scott's gay roommate, but we feel them gyrating around a hollow core. Who cares if Scott winds up with Ramona, Knives, or anyone else?

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