• PG-13, 1 hr. 27 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Christopher Guest
    In Theaters:
    Apr 16, 2003 Limited
    On DVD:
    Sep 23, 2003
  • Castle Rock Entertainment


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A Mighty Wind Reviews

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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February 3, 2007
Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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There is no shortage of performers with comic skills in A Mighty Wind. What's lacking instead is a visible premise for the satire and ridicule.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

May 16, 2003
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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More of a warm breeze than a great gust, but its simple, smart pleasures carry the force of a hurricane.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 9, 2003
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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You don't leave A Mighty Wind laughing so much as humming. Its dialogue may be improvised, but its music is well rehearsed.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: A-

May 9, 2003
Tom Long
Detroit News
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While Guest never forgets to laugh, he never forgets to love either, embracing the very subject he is simultaneously throttling.

| Original Score: B+

May 9, 2003
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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A hoot.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

May 9, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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May 9, 2003
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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A rollicking, tongue-in-cheek sendup.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 8, 2003
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The most mature, heartfelt and keenly observed film of Team Guffman.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 8, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[T]he most heartwarming spoof ever made.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

April 21, 2003
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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It's just about as terrific as Guest's previous two wingdings, Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

April 20, 2003
David Edelstein
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April 19, 2003
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Perhaps, after Best of Show and the terrific Waiting for Guffman this is a bit of a letdown. But it's still nice to leave a theater with a smile these days -- even though it would be even nicer to leave it laughing.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

April 18, 2003
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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With Guest again demonstrating affection for the subjects he teases -- the humor is never mean-spirited, and some of the music is kind of fun -- his fans are likely to be toe-tappingly pleased.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

April 18, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Not only is the material amusing, it's charmingly engaging.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 18, 2003
Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
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Freshened immensely by pitch-perfect song parodies, a batch of hilarious faux album covers, nimble improv from the ever-marvelous cast, and a palpable love for the subject matter.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 17, 2003
Stephanie Zacharek
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A fine-grained picture that goes for the sideways laughs rather than the straight-ahead ones.

April 16, 2003
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A worthy entry into Guest's growing gallery of movies that prove far more interesting than the worlds at which they're so brilliantly poking fun.

| Original Score: B

April 16, 2003
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Though it's softer than its predecessors, this reunion pic lingers in the mind almost as much.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 16, 2003
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Genuine appreciation of the movie comes in recognizing the careful evocation of the sights, sounds and emotions of the early '60s -- sans the politics, which are curiously MIA -- and not from hooting at the hicks.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

April 16, 2003
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's wonderfully funny, but in a quiet way; inspiring helpless giggles rather than knee-slapping and aisle-rolling. And, for the record, it's even better on a second viewing.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

April 16, 2003
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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This stuff is sporadically amusing but never laugh-out-loud funny because we never escape the feeling that the gang is coasting until a more worthy target materializes, a target they can lambaste with impunity.

| Original Score: 2/4

April 16, 2003
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Arrives as a breath of fresh air, for its smart ensemble, subtle wit and careful observation of humanity.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

April 16, 2003
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Blows in funny-ha-ha but blows out funny-strange.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 16, 2003
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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In this hilarious, pitch-perfect comedy, Guest and his longtime collaborator, co-writer and star Eugene Levy, have the quaint, golly-gee enthusiasm of folkies and their music in the cross-hairs.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 16, 2003
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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The sweetest and funniest of Guest's true-life fake-umentaries.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

April 16, 2003
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The character actors are all superb, deftly weaving back and forth over the line between sympathetic human characters and eccentric caricatures, so laughter and sympathy are indistinguishable.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

April 16, 2003
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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A movie that re-creates its object of satire with such pitch-perfect flair that it all but erases the line between derision and love.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

April 16, 2003
Vic Vogler
Denver Post
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Guest's previous films offer essential windows into the absurd and the lovable and, in its own way, so does his latest.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 16, 2003
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
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Bright, breezy and whimsical, A Mighty Wind will please Guest's fans.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

April 16, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The edge is missing from Guest's usual style.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 16, 2003
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Guest and his troupe have made a perfectly enjoyable movie, but held to the high comedic standards of their previous two mockumentary adventures ... not to mention This Is Spinal Tap ... A Mighty Wind is a bummer.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 16, 2003
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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You don't have to be an aging baby-boomer folkie-manque to laugh yourself silly.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: A-

April 16, 2003
David Rooney
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While the mockumentary formula is showing signs of strain, the gifted repertory company again creates an amusing gallery of incisively observed characters, riffing off each other with enjoyment levels that frequently prove contagious.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 15, 2003
Jan Stuart
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The sentimentality effectively undercuts the urban condescension that invariably seeps into Guest's spins on middle-American provincialism.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

April 15, 2003
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Almost makes you believe that Mitch and Mickey were real, which is an impressive stunt. More than that, it makes you almost wish that they were, which is something of a miracle.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 15, 2003
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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The jokes would be funny even if they weren't perfectly timed, but what makes them come across as so poignant is the seriousness with which the director and his co-conspirators deliver their jabs and japes.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 15, 2003
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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The chemistry among the players, developed over multiple films, is sharper than ever.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

April 15, 2003
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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The laughs come early and often, then dry up like the characters' post-'60s careers.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 15, 2003
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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The relative surplus of affectionate respect allows for a sly deepening of character all around, and an unexpected upkick from satire to poignance.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 15, 2003
James Berardinelli
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Despite not being a laugh-a-minute riot, it's nevertheless one of the most consistent comedies to reach theaters thus far this year.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

April 14, 2003
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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While it doesn't quite reach the blissfully inspired heights of Best in Show or Waiting for Guffman, Christopher Guest's latest nevertheless makes a worthy addition to his canon of brilliantly improvised mockumentaries.

April 14, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Folk music numbs me. But the sheer exuberance of A Mighty Wind, directed with mirth and mischief by Christopher Guest, who devised the story with Eugene Levy and let the cast improv the rest, had me begging for more.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

April 4, 2003
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