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Best in Show (2000)


Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 110
Fresh: 104
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: A fine example of writer-director-star Christopher Guest's gift for improv comedy, Best in Show boasts an appealingly quirky premise and a brilliantly talented cast.

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 28
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: A fine example of writer-director-star Christopher Guest's gift for improv comedy, Best in Show boasts an appealingly quirky premise and a brilliantly talented cast.


Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 55,337



Movie Info

A "behind the scenes" look into the highly competitive and cut-throat world of dog-shows through the eyes of a group of ruthless dog owners including: yuppies Hamilton and Meg Swan and their neurotic weimeraner "Beatrice"; mild-mannered menswear salesman Gerry and Cookie Fleck, whose Norwich terrier's registered name is "Champion Thank You Neil Sedaka"; fly-fishing shop owner Harlan Pepper and his beloved bloodhound "Hubert"; New Yorker Scott Donlon and his longtime hairdresser partner, Stefan … More

PG-13 (for language and sex-related material)
Directed By:
Written By:
Christopher Guest , Eugene Levy
In Theaters:
May 15, 2001
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Best in Show

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (104) | Rotten (6) | DVD (16)'s always a pleasure to watch this ensemble of gifted talents do what they do best -- be spontaneous and funny and surprising. What we get is a master-class demonstration of the distinction between comic actors and comedians who try to act.

Full Review… | February 8, 2008
Top Critic

A wickedly funny mocumentary.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The first 45 minutes are amusing enough, but the movie ascends to another level with the second-half introduction of Fred Willard as commentator Buck Laughlin.

Full Review… | February 23, 2013
Creative Loafing

Hilarious and offbeat, but humor is pretty grownup.

Full Review… | October 14, 2010
Common Sense Media

The real pedigree doesn't even arrive until halfway through. Fred Willard's unforgettable dim-bulb commentator takes aim at TV's injection of "sports drama" into competitions where, quite simply, there is none. (Here's looking at you, Joe Garagiola.)

Full Review… | September 25, 2010

This fringe milieu is inhabited with all sorts of eccentric characters to wring laughs from.

Full Review… | January 14, 2010

Guest e sua trupe sempre conseguem divertir com seus mockumentaries, mas este longa, ainda que pontualmente brilhante, encontra-se entre os mais frágeis da filmografia atípica do cineasta.

July 10, 2008
Cinema em Cena

The movie gets its laughs by letting its people talk and reveal themselves unconsciously.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

Kudos to Guest and friends for a funny and insightful film.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Film Scouts

... an excellent example of how funny a movie can be by observing human nature honestly, at its brilliant best and miserable worst.

Full Review… | December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

Call it a mockumentary or a dogumentary, Christopher Guest's latest spoof is a very funny, improvised comedy about the world of dog shows.

Full Review… | June 23, 2004

Doesn't live up to its pedigree.

Full Review… | June 10, 2003
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Best in Show is the sort of film that seems most fairly judged by how often it makes you laugh, and by that standard, I was well satisfied.

Full Review… | March 19, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

Guest shot nearly 60 hours of footage for Best In Show and the results are so good that they'll leave you starving for the scraps from the cutting room floor.

Full Review… | January 30, 2003

It's ... a great movie.

Full Review… | December 8, 2002
Film Threat

Willard's delivery is so earnest and so pitch-perfect that he had me howling with laughter for the entire last half of the movie.

Full Review… | November 22, 2002
Combustible Celluloid

If it doesn't sustain the high level of lunacy "Guffman" did, it's still a delight. Like the best comedies, it plants its jokes deep in your brain and you find yourself laughing at them again hours after the film has ended.

Full Review… | June 10, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

What a pity that with such funny material, Guest and company found it necessary to rely so heavily on sex as a supplementary source of comedy.

Full Review… | May 8, 2002
Decent Films Guide

It works because it is a very funny laugh out loud satire, with my two favorite nutsy characters being Parker Posey and Eugene Levy.

Full Review… | December 17, 2001
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Dog Freaks: The Movie!

Full Review… | October 10, 2001

Best in Show is enjoyable and funny, light and quick.

Full Review… | September 20, 2001
Movie Habit

Audience Reviews for Best in Show

The most brilliant offering from Christopher Guest, with a fantastically versatile and talented troupe of improv performers. True genius at work in this film, at every level.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


Christopher Guest directs this very funny mockumentary that is supported by a great cast of actors. Best in Show is one crazy film, and if you love these types of films then give it a shot. Best in Show takes a look at the competitive dog shows, and makes fun of it by showing how ridiculous some competitors get. This is a good film that is wonderfully directed and acted. Best in Show is a funny mockumentary and is one of Christopher Guest's best films. I enjoyed the film very much, and the cast delivered funny, quirky and crazy performances. Best in Show is one of the funniest mockumentaries in a while, and this is a must see for people who enjoy mockumentaries. Best in Show captures the craziness that surrounds competitive dog shows perfectly. Though at times, the film misses the mark, there is enough good things going on on-screen to make this watchable, and with the great cast that Christopher Guest has at hand, the film works well enough to be a memorable comedy. Best in Show has enough laughs to keep you interested and it delivers a new type of comedic film going experience. Sure the film is not perfect, but it's guaranteed to make you laugh. Best in Show is one of the funniest mockumentaries since this is Spinal Tap, and is very entertaining with this cast of crazy actors. A fun film that's worth watching, and is a must see for dog lovers as well.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Best in show is about a bunch of dog lover's journey to be the best in show. They come from all over the USA with a uinqe way to make their dog the best.
Who will become best in show?
Lacking acting
Lacking some plot
Really let you see what it like to be in a dog show.
Really good dogs.
Funny at times.

erika bruhns

Super Reviewer


Buck Laughlin: And to think that in some countries these dogs are eaten.

Best in Show, from the master of the mocumentary Christopher Guest, is a very funny movie. Although, not as hilarious as Waiting For Guffman, Best in Show still hits it's target. Guest is so good at taking a not-so-popular subject and making it incredibly funny. This takes awhile to really get going, but once it does it's pretty much non-stop laughs. It really takes form once the dog show actually begins.

Christopher Guest uses his usual cast and the standouts to me are Jane Lynch and Fred Willard. Fred Willard as the dog show commentator is priceless and provides the great majority of the laughs. The rest of the cast is really good as well. I find that I only like some of these actors when they appear in a Christopher Guest movie, such as Eugene Levy and Jennifer Coolidge.

The humor in Christopher Guests mocumentaries is not for everyone and I'm never surprised when I hear someone say they hate his movies. His comedies don't use the usual types of humor. It's kind of subtle and dry, but still really funny.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Best in Show Quotes

Meg Swan:
We met at Starbucks. Not at the same Starbucks but we saw each other at different Starbucks across the street from each other.
– Submitted by Brian D (22 months ago)

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