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A Mighty Wind Reviews

May 16, 2003
There is no shortage of performers with comic skills in A Mighty Wind. What's lacking instead is a visible premise for the satire and ridicule.
May 9, 2003
More of a warm breeze than a great gust, but its simple, smart pleasures carry the force of a hurricane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 9, 2003
You don't leave A Mighty Wind laughing so much as humming. Its dialogue may be improvised, but its music is well rehearsed.
Read More | Original Score: A-
May 9, 2003
While Guest never forgets to laugh, he never forgets to love either, embracing the very subject he is simultaneously throttling.
Read More | Original Score: B+
May 9, 2003
A hoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 8, 2003
A rollicking, tongue-in-cheek sendup.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
May 8, 2003
The most mature, heartfelt and keenly observed film of Team Guffman.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 21, 2003
[T]he most heartwarming spoof ever made.
April 20, 2003
It's just about as terrific as Guest's previous two wingdings, Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show.
April 18, 2003
Perhaps, after Best of Show and the terrific Waiting for Guffman this is a bit of a letdown. But it's still nice to leave a theater with a smile these days -- even though it would be even nicer to leave it laughing.
April 18, 2003
With Guest again demonstrating affection for the subjects he teases -- the humor is never mean-spirited, and some of the music is kind of fun -- his fans are likely to be toe-tappingly pleased.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2003
Not only is the material amusing, it's charmingly engaging.
April 17, 2003
Freshened immensely by pitch-perfect song parodies, a batch of hilarious faux album covers, nimble improv from the ever-marvelous cast, and a palpable love for the subject matter.
April 16, 2003
A fine-grained picture that goes for the sideways laughs rather than the straight-ahead ones.
April 16, 2003
A worthy entry into Guest's growing gallery of movies that prove far more interesting than the worlds at which they're so brilliantly poking fun.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 16, 2003
Though it's softer than its predecessors, this reunion pic lingers in the mind almost as much.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 16, 2003
Genuine appreciation of the movie comes in recognizing the careful evocation of the sights, sounds and emotions of the early '60s -- sans the politics, which are curiously MIA -- and not from hooting at the hicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 16, 2003
It's wonderfully funny, but in a quiet way; inspiring helpless giggles rather than knee-slapping and aisle-rolling. And, for the record, it's even better on a second viewing.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 16, 2003
This stuff is sporadically amusing but never laugh-out-loud funny because we never escape the feeling that the gang is coasting until a more worthy target materializes, a target they can lambaste with impunity.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 16, 2003
Arrives as a breath of fresh air, for its smart ensemble, subtle wit and careful observation of humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 16, 2003
Blows in funny-ha-ha but blows out funny-strange.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 16, 2003
In this hilarious, pitch-perfect comedy, Guest and his longtime collaborator, co-writer and star Eugene Levy, have the quaint, golly-gee enthusiasm of folkies and their music in the cross-hairs.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 16, 2003
The sweetest and funniest of Guest's true-life fake-umentaries.
April 16, 2003
The character actors are all superb, deftly weaving back and forth over the line between sympathetic human characters and eccentric caricatures, so laughter and sympathy are indistinguishable.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 16, 2003
A movie that re-creates its object of satire with such pitch-perfect flair that it all but erases the line between derision and love.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 16, 2003
Guest's previous films offer essential windows into the absurd and the lovable and, in its own way, so does his latest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 16, 2003
Bright, breezy and whimsical, A Mighty Wind will please Guest's fans.
April 16, 2003
The edge is missing from Guest's usual style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 16, 2003
Guest and his troupe have made a perfectly enjoyable movie, but held to the high comedic standards of their previous two mockumentary adventures ... not to mention This Is Spinal Tap ... A Mighty Wind is a bummer.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 16, 2003
You don't have to be an aging baby-boomer folkie-manque to laugh yourself silly.
Read More | Original Score: A-
April 16, 2003
Guest is sometimes guilty of leaning too hard on the 'mock' in mockumentary, but that impulse is tempered by some genuine sweetness.
April 15, 2003
While the mockumentary formula is showing signs of strain, the gifted repertory company again creates an amusing gallery of incisively observed characters, riffing off each other with enjoyment levels that frequently prove contagious.
April 15, 2003
The sentimentality effectively undercuts the urban condescension that invariably seeps into Guest's spins on middle-American provincialism.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 15, 2003
Almost makes you believe that Mitch and Mickey were real, which is an impressive stunt. More than that, it makes you almost wish that they were, which is something of a miracle.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 15, 2003
The jokes would be funny even if they weren't perfectly timed, but what makes them come across as so poignant is the seriousness with which the director and his co-conspirators deliver their jabs and japes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 15, 2003
The chemistry among the players, developed over multiple films, is sharper than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 15, 2003
The laughs come early and often, then dry up like the characters' post-'60s careers.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 15, 2003
The relative surplus of affectionate respect allows for a sly deepening of character all around, and an unexpected upkick from satire to poignance.
April 14, 2003
Despite not being a laugh-a-minute riot, it's nevertheless one of the most consistent comedies to reach theaters thus far this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 14, 2003
While it doesn't quite reach the blissfully inspired heights of Best in Show or Waiting for Guffman, Christopher Guest's latest nevertheless makes a worthy addition to his canon of brilliantly improvised mockumentaries.
April 4, 2003
Folk music numbs me. But the sheer exuberance of A Mighty Wind, directed with mirth and mischief by Christopher Guest, who devised the story with Eugene Levy and let the cast improv the rest, had me begging for more.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4