Kurt Loder writes that Veronica Mars is better-looking than you might expect of a film that was shot in about 30 days. The picture is a serviceable extension of the original teen-detective series, which ran from 2004 to 2007 (when the CW dumped it for insufficiently impressive ratings). Fans will be happy to see that Bell's Veronica is still a tough cookie with a nice line in deadpan wisecracks.
Grand Piano, writes Loder, has a Hitchcock setup and stylish lighting and restless camerawork that recall Brian De Palma. But the movie left him in no mood for an encore.