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Air Guitar Nation Reviews

November 9, 2007
A nuts-and-bolts document of the annual Air Guitar World Championships which take place in the rural outpost of Oulu in Finland.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
June 22, 2007
Sure, there is an infectious goofiness in watching a grown man in a red robe and Hello Kitty breastplate rock out on an imaginary ax. But the gag is spread pretty thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 22, 2007
The film's action footage -- lots of men and women thrashing around with a theoretical Fender in hand -- gets pretty tedious after a while. There is only so much self-inflicted embarrassment one can bear watching.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 11, 2007
In this pitch-perfect documentary about the very real rise of air guitar competition in the United States, and two of its top performers, stony thoughts will arise as to whether one is suddenly trapped inside a satire that got wrapped in a reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2007
It's a limited movie, from the musical palette the performers choose, to the number of players the movie spends time with.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 20, 2007
The suggestion is that C-Diddy can be seen as a sort of ambassador for the 'make air, not war' sentiment. Why not? Even as real ambassadors go, we could do worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 11, 2007
[A] jolly, oddly compelling and genuinely suspenseful documentary.
April 1, 2007
A favorite on the film festival circuit, Alexandra Lipsitz's exuberantly funny documentary follows the triumphant path of an American air guitarist as he rises from U.S. East Coast champ to the top rankings of the international air guitar festival.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 29, 2007
It's one of the charms of Air Guitar Nation that much of it plays like a mockumentary in which you're not quite sure who's pulling your leg. But it's real, even if the guitars are not.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 29, 2007
Director Alexandra Lipsitz doesn't do much more than chronicle the noise, but it's intermittently fun stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 28, 2007
It's hard not to grin and admit that, yes, this is almost an art form.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 24, 2007
Air Guitar Nation does a fine job of bottling prelapsarian exuberance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
March 24, 2007
Alexandra Lipsitz believes that air-guitar competitions are worth a whole feature-length movie. She's wrong, of course. But the fun lasts longer than you might think.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 23, 2007
As dumb as the idea of grown men dressing up and pretending to play guitar may be, there's no arguing that some of these grown men do so with a truly awesome degree of energy and flair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 23, 2007
It's no small feat to film a documentary like this with the right balance of reverence for the craft of air guitar and good, old-fashioned shooting at an easy target, but Lipsitz pulls it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 23, 2007
The movie's wild performances and droll humor are tough to resist.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 22, 2007
It's never clear from one moment to the next what is a joke and what is deadly earnest, until the two concepts finally merge into a sort of Buddhist singularity.
March 20, 2007
Alexandra Lipsitz's often hilarious documentary (with almost everyone in on the joke) won the audience award at SXSW and is spawning a cult following that could snowball in release.
March 20, 2007
Nary a dull lick in the entire 80 minutes.