This Is Spinal Tap Reviews

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October 23, 2018
Reiner, with McKean, Guest and Harry Shearer, have done a great job in creating and portraying characters that are dimwitted, cliched and yet oddly endearing.
March 26, 2009
For music biz insiders, This Is Spinal Tap is a vastly amusing satire of heavy metal bands.
January 8, 2009
August 19, 2008
For all its japes and jokes, the movie is really about exhaustion of the spirit: sitting in a bleak hotel suite at 4 a.m. with the bad taste of last night in the mouth and the feeling that tomorrow will not be a better day.
December 17, 2007
The material is consistently clever and funny, though ultimately the attitudes are too narrow to nourish a feature-length film.
February 9, 2006
Reiner's brilliantly inventive script and smart visuals avoid all the obvious pitfalls, making this one of the funniest ever films about the music business.
March 2, 2019
This is Spinal Tap is hilarious to everyone who's not a musician. Because as ridiculous and perverse as Rob Reiner's heavy metal mockumentary gets, the slim, 82-minute comedy gnaws at more truths than any other rock 'n' roll biopic put to celluloid.
March 3, 2014
Yes Nigel, you did go to 11. Where would cinematic comedy be if you hadn't?
January 19, 2013
Consistently funny, with sheer brilliant turns from every performer on the cast...
June 18, 2012
Returning to Spinal Tap always brings with it a pronounced sense of discovery, a freshness that is uncommon with movies generally and unspeakably rare in a comedy.
April 14, 2011
[VIDEO] Although examples of the mockumentary genre existed before "Spinal Tap" this heavy metal comedy is considered an epitome of cinematic satire.
March 2, 2011
If you didn't know this was a fake film, you could easily believe it's real.
February 13, 2011
...a sporadically amusing but all-too-uneven piece of work...
January 1, 2011
Hilarious, ribald, drug-filled rock send-up.
June 30, 2010
The original suffers upon review simply because its novelty has worn off. But being the first mainstream feature of its kind, it deserves due reverence.
July 28, 2009
The story of an embarrasingly inept heavy-metal band called Spinal Tap, Rob Reiner's film set the mockumentary standard that has come to define much of modern screen comedy. [Blu-ray]
October 18, 2008
Scores an 11 (out of 10) for sheer inspired lunacy but it's the writers' unexpected fondness for their subject matter that puts the film in a class all its own.
August 19, 2008
Hilarious, bitingly perceptive and cinematically assured.
April 16, 2008
Mildly funny, not a whole lot better than the best Christopher Guest mockumentary I'd seen before this, 'Best in Show.'
March 20, 2008
There had been countless documentary spoofs before This Is Spinal Tap, but this inspired put-on was the first to actually capture the texture and style of real documentary.
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