Edgar Wright has brushed off criticism of Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, insisting he is more than content with the feedback he has received.
The film, which stars Michael Cera and is based on the graphic novel of the same name, was trumped in the US box office by The Expendables, and has been panned by critics Stateside.
But the 36-year-old filmmaker - who also helmed Hot Fuzz and Shaun Of The Dead - said: "Spaced and Shaun Of The Dead took a while to find their audience, and so I've been very lucky in that all the things that I have done has had a lot of appreciation from the people watching it, and this has been no exception - the response I have had from this makes it all worthwhile."
Edgar said acclaimed directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Sam Raimi and Guillermo Del Toro "loved" the film.
"Quentin Tarantino, Sam Raimi, Guillermo Del Toro and Judd Apatow were at the premiere and it was incredible," he recalled.
"They loved it. I got the nicest email I have ever received from Sam Raimi, which made me want to retire."
Scott Pilgrim bursts with references to popular culture, including computer games.
"I don't think you need to understand everything and I think people assume there are more references than there are," he said.
"Most of them are sounds from video games like Sonic The Hedgehog and Super Mario, but some of those noises are just there for a Pavlovian response. Certainly there is nothing that is intended to lose people at all."
:: Scott Pilgrim Vs The World is in cinemas now.