• R, 1 hr. 24 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Christopher Guest
    In Theaters:
    Aug 21, 1996 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 21, 2001
  • Sony Pictures Classics

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Waiting for Guffman Reviews

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Ellen Dendy
Common Sense Media

Fab small-town spoof; subtle humor may bore kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2011
Neil Jeffries
Empire Magazine

The songs (co-written by Guest and Tapster Harry Shearer) are suitably ridiculous and the deadpan gags come thick, fast and too numerous to mention, all delivered with knuckle-gnawing subtlety by the C-list cast with A-list style.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

August 12, 2008
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Frequently funny -- sometimes very funny indeed.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

August 12, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Raucous, outrageously funny, and filled with many zany scenes.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

September 25, 2007
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

One of the funniest movies ever made, 'Waiting for Guffman' spoofs everything from documentaries and talent shows to local politics and alien abductions.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

June 10, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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A madcap gem.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

February 27, 2007
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Trabalhando em um subgênero que praticamente ajudou a crier (o do pseudocumentário), Guest cria mais um filme que diverte por compreender tão bem seu tema e seus personagens.

| Original Score: 4/5

December 23, 2006
Emanuel Levy
Screendaily

A sly, gleeful and subtle comedy that pokes fun at American musicals, amateur theatricals, and the culture of celebrity-the universal wish to be famous--set in the small, provincial town of Blaine about to celebrate its 150th anniversary.

Full Review Source: Screendaily | Original Score: A-

September 19, 2006

Time Out
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The comedy has the slow burn of a richly nuanced and non-judgmental character study.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Ron Wells
Film Threat

It's Corky's movie.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy

| Original Score: 5/5

October 7, 2005
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

| Original Score: 3/5

September 29, 2005
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 4/5

June 17, 2005
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

| Original Score: 3/5

February 23, 2005
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

| Original Score: 5/5

December 21, 2004
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Guest's satire of small-town America and amateur actors has a sly edge, it's not mean, and Guest never strips his characters of their dignity.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 3/4

June 23, 2004
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 4/5

March 17, 2004

Apollo Guide

It keeps you laughing from beginning to end.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 84/100

March 16, 2004
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com

Everyone will think it's funny; people who've actually done community theatre will laugh themselves into a coma.

| Original Score: 4/5

February 4, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 5/5

August 22, 2003
Patricia S. McCormick
New York Times
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April 21, 2003

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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