At MonkeySee, Glen Weldon on 'Scott Pilgrim vs. The World':
Michael Cera’s casting was greeted in some circles with surprise. To many (okay, fine: to me), his delicate, stammery presence didn’t jibe with the heedless and willful Scott of the books. And to be blunt, this performance doesn’t move Cera the actor outside of his comfort zone too often.
But it does make him a Scott Pilgrim you care about. In place of the books’ cartoony saucer-eyes and Cheshire-cat grin, we get a Scott who’s slightly frail, even occasionally plaintive — which just makes his freewheeling, kinetic deftness at butt-kicking all the more satisfying.
All that said? I’m still worried.