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Best in Show (2000)



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

Though not as good as Waiting for Guffman, the movie's lively cast and hilarious script have the critics laughing. Fred Willard, in particular, steals the show.


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

Though not as good as Waiting for Guffman, the movie's lively cast and hilarious script have the critics laughing. Fred Willard, in particular, steals the show.



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After parodying the idiosyncrasies of community theater devotees in the mock documentary Waiting for Guffman, actor/director Christopher Guest returns with another semi-improvised comedy that casts a satirical gaze on the world of championship dog breeding and training. A television crew is on hand to document the prestigious Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show, and competition is fierce among the canine devotees vying for top honors. Salesman Gerry Fleck (Eugene Levy), who is cursed with two left



Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy

May 15, 2001


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All Critics (134) | 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.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source:
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A wickedly funny mocumentary.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

February 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Hilarious and offbeat, but humor is pretty grownup.

October 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.)

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source:

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

January 14, 2010 Full Review Source:

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.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

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

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

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

December 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
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.

June 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Doesn't live up to its pedigree.

June 10, 2003 Full Review
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.

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
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.

January 30, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

It's ... a great movie.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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.

November 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
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.

May 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
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.

December 17, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Dog Freaks: The Movie!

October 10, 2001 Full Review Source:

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

September 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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Audience Reviews for Best in Show

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.
October 30, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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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.
August 14, 2011
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.
July 17, 2011
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

I admit that I am not the greatest fan of Christopher Guest mockumentaries, but even I thought this one was pretty great.
May 1, 2011

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