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Best in Show Reviews

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Robert Koehler
Variety
February 23, 2012
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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
June 6, 2008
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Mark Bourne
Film.com
February 8, 2008
...it's always a pleasure to watch this ensemble of gifted talents do what they do best -- be spontaneous and funny and surprising. What we get is a master-class demonstration of the distinction between comic actors and comedians who try to act.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 9, 2005
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 8, 2001
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 7, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
I enjoyed Best in Show... But I didn't laugh as hard as I did during Guest's previous comedies, This Is Spinal Tap and Waiting for Guffman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
The rather unoriginal satiric flaw becomes obvious, in most cases, within 30 seconds, the film has little to do but repeat the same giant bull's eye gags over and over again.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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January 1, 2000
Whatever the reason, [Guest's] films have always developed cult followings once they hit video. Hopefully, Best in Show will buck that trend and be successful in theaters, too.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
The film's bite is as toothsome as its bark.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 1, 2000
Guest is good at revealing his characters bit by bit.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A wickedly funny mocumentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave McCoy
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
It's time we crown Christopher Guest as the King of Satire.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
Improv comedy rarely makes it onto the big screen. And when it does so as hilariously as it does in Best in Show ... that is certainly cause for celebration.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The actors' ad-libbed responses, along with their amateurish reactions to the ever-present camera, are more forlorn than comedic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
In terms of dramatic tension, Best in Show is more compelling than a lot of formulaic sports movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
The jokes in Best in Show are somewhat one-dimensional, but they hit their target.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
[Fred Willard's] a one-man storm of escalating inanity, and he's hilarious.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
This giggle does for dog shows what ... Rob Reiner's This Is Spinal Tap did for heavy metal.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
The dogs may be cute, but it's the people who steal the show.
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Ebert & Roeper
January 1, 2000
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
I was laughing so hard, tears were streaming down my cheeks.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Alas, Best in Show probably won't find the big audience in theaters it deserves, but it will have a long life in living rooms thereafter.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
It creates one comic character for the ages: Guffman veteran Fred Willard as addled, veteran, loose-lipped, sex-obsessed sports TV commentator Buck Laughlin.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Best in Show is essentially a well-organized, exquisitely nuanced skit comedy.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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January 1, 2000
With results like this, a new Guest mockumentary every couple of years would be aces by me.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
This is one rare occasion when we can be glad that the film industry is going to the dogs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
You come away wishing that Guest could deliver a new mockumentary not every so often but every year.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: B
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's funny.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 1, 2000
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
The movie is light as a lap dog, and often just as lovable.