A Mighty Wind Reviews

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
February 3, 2007
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 16, 2003
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.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 9, 2003
More of a warm breeze than a great gust, but its simple, smart pleasures carry the force of a hurricane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
May 9, 2003
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 | Original Score: A-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 9, 2003
While Guest never forgets to laugh, he never forgets to love either, embracing the very subject he is simultaneously throttling.
| Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 9, 2003
A hoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 9, 2003
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 8, 2003
A rollicking, tongue-in-cheek sendup.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 8, 2003
The most mature, heartfelt and keenly observed film of Team Guffman.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 21, 2003
[T]he most heartwarming spoof ever made.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 20, 2003
It's just about as terrific as Guest's previous two wingdings, Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show.
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April 19, 2003
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 18, 2003
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.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 18, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 18, 2003
Not only is the material amusing, it's charmingly engaging.
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
April 17, 2003
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.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 16, 2003
A fine-grained picture that goes for the sideways laughs rather than the straight-ahead ones.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 16, 2003
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
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Mike Clark
USA Today
April 16, 2003
Though it's softer than its predecessors, this reunion pic lingers in the mind almost as much.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 16, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 16, 2003
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
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
April 16, 2003
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 16, 2003
Arrives as a breath of fresh air, for its smart ensemble, subtle wit and careful observation of humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 16, 2003
Blows in funny-ha-ha but blows out funny-strange.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
April 16, 2003
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
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 16, 2003
The sweetest and funniest of Guest's true-life fake-umentaries.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 16, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 16, 2003
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 | Original Score: A
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Vic Vogler
Denver Post
April 16, 2003
Guest's previous films offer essential windows into the absurd and the lovable and, in its own way, so does his latest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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April 16, 2003
Bright, breezy and whimsical, A Mighty Wind will please Guest's fans.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 16, 2003
The edge is missing from Guest's usual style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 16, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 16, 2003
You don't have to be an aging baby-boomer folkie-manque to laugh yourself silly.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
April 16, 2003
Guest is sometimes guilty of leaning too hard on the 'mock' in mockumentary, but that impulse is tempered by some genuine sweetness.
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David Rooney
Variety
April 15, 2003
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.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 15, 2003
The sentimentality effectively undercuts the urban condescension that invariably seeps into Guest's spins on middle-American provincialism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 15, 2003
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
April 15, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
April 15, 2003
The chemistry among the players, developed over multiple films, is sharper than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
April 15, 2003
The laughs come early and often, then dry up like the characters' post-'60s careers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 15, 2003
The relative surplus of affectionate respect allows for a sly deepening of character all around, and an unexpected upkick from satire to poignance.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 14, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
April 14, 2003
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 4, 2003
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