This Is Spinal Tap Reviews

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Brad Laidman
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
A towering achievement in cinema, music, and life art. Funnier and more prescient every time I see it. Any time they tour I will be there.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2004
A mediocre satire of heavy rock bands.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
June 16, 2004
Duas décadas depois de seu lançamento, o filme continua a funcionar maravilhosamente bem em seu humor inteligente e sua crítica ácida sobre os bastidores do rock'n'roll.
| Original Score: 5/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
September 2, 2003
Simultaneously created the genre and broke the mold
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It stays so wickedly close to the subject that it is very nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 19, 2003
A hilariously scathing indictment of the rock and roll lifestyle, and all the egoism and shallow philosophising that goes along with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Mock "rockumentary" is wildly funny and deeply influential.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 15, 2002
The film is a composite of classic moments, all of which we sense could have happened to any of the classic heavy metal bands -- or at least to those whose members combined delusions of greatness with low I.Q.s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Quite possibly the funniest spoof of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Von Doviak
culturevulture.net
September 10, 2001
One of the funniest films of the 1980's.
Top Critic
Jessica Winter
Village Voice
August 16, 2001
This Is Spinal Tap doesn't pull punches...
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
July 25, 2001
It was the first, and it remains one of the best, as Reiner's shots at the big egos, small minds and incredible self-indulgence of overpaid rock stars consistently hit the mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Jon Munn
PopMatters
June 13, 2001
This Is Spinal Tapa comedy, but its consideration of the transience of fame and the band members' denial is ineffably and movingly sad.
Michael Atkinson
Movieline
April 17, 2001
...a superbly executed, whimsical fit of improvisation and cinema verite pastiche that so convincingly created an awful '70s-'80s heavy metal band that the band itself lived on beyond the movie.

Boxoffice Magazine
March 27, 2001
This Is Spinal Tap about as funny and on-target as parody gets.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Although the movie is hilarious, I think it is the undeniable human nature of the loser characters that has kept the movie alive for so long.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
THIS IS SPINAL TAP is simply one of the greatest rockumentaries ever...
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 1, 2000
There have been plenty of mockumentaries since 1984, but ... none has come close to matching this one.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 1, 2000
Perhaps the best known mockumentary of the 1980s...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

E! Online
January 1, 2000
the bad-luck bad boys still don't disappoint in this ultimate roast of the music industry.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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