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

Opening

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32% If I Stay Aug 22
31% When The Game Stands Tall Aug 22
5% Are You Here Aug 22
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Coming Soon

0% The November Man Aug 27
98% Starred Up Aug 27
—— As Above/So Below Aug 29
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—— The Calling Aug 29

New Episodes Tonight

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100% Garfunkel and Oates: Season 1
88% The Honorable Woman: Season 1
56% Married: Season 1
95% Rectify: Season 2
—— Rookie Blue: Season 5
39% Rush: Season 1
82% Satisfaction: Season 1
82% Welcome to Sweden: Season 1
41% Working the Engels: Season 1
77% You're the Worst: Season 1

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—— Motive: Season 2
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Waiting for Guffman Reviews

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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This 1997 comedy may be amusing if you feel a pressing need to feel superior to somebody, but the aim is too broad and scattershot to add up to much beyond an acknowledgment of small-town desperation.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 12, 2008
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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A madcap gem.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

February 27, 2007

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
Daniel M. Kimmel
Variety
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Where This Is Spinal Tap took rock music and the media as its focus - fat, juicy targets just asking to be lampooned - Guest's target here is small-town provincials.

Full Review Source: Variety | Original Score: 2/5

May 14, 2004
Patricia S. McCormick
New York Times
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April 21, 2003
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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A very funny, very unusual ensemble comedy that falls somewhere between slapdash and brilliant, an improvised comedy with more hits than misses.

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

April 12, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Priceless.

May 11, 2001
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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A sly and gleeful comedy showcase that pokes clever fun at the American musical, amateur theatricals and anything else that's not nailed down.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 14, 2001
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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The originality and audacity of the film, written by Guest and Levy, is what holds us. They never lose the conceit that the documentary filmmakers, and not themselves, are the ones who made this movie.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
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The nonstop amusing mockumentary Waiting for Guffman does to small-town acting troupes what This Is Spinal Tap did to heavy-metal bands.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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There is such a thing as comic momentum, and Guest has a good sense of what that means. Comic momentum doesn't refer to nonstop jokes, but to an atmosphere that is always ripe for humor.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Attention is paid not simply to funny characters and punch lines, but to small nudges at human nature.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
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