• R, 1 hr. 23 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Rob Reiner
    In Theaters:
    Mar 2, 1984 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 14, 1998
  • MGM


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This Is Spinal Tap Reviews

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Rob Vaux

Yes Nigel, you did go to 11. Where would cinematic comedy be if you hadn't?

Full Review Source: Mania.com | Original Score: A+

March 3, 2014
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Consistently funny, with sheer brilliant turns from every performer on the cast...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

January 19, 2013
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 9/10

June 18, 2012
Cole Smithey

[VIDEO] Although examples of the mockumentary genre existed before "Spinal Tap" this heavy metal comedy is considered an epitome of cinematic satire.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A+

April 14, 2011
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

If you didn't know this was a fake film, you could easily believe it's real.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 5/5

March 2, 2011
Afsheen Nomai
Common Sense Media

Hilarious, ribald, drug-filled rock send-up.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2011
Jordan Hiller

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.

Full Review Source: Bangitout.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 30, 2010
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 4/4

July 28, 2009
Variety Staff
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For music biz insiders, This Is Spinal Tap is a vastly amusing satire of heavy metal bands.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
David N. Butterworth

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.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 18, 2008
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 19, 2008


Hilarious, bitingly perceptive and cinematically assured.

Full Review Source: Film4

August 19, 2008
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Mildly funny, not a whole lot better than the best Christopher Guest mockumentary I'd seen before this, 'Best in Show.'

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

April 16, 2008
Sean Axmaker

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.

Full Review Source: Seanax.com

March 20, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Hilarious pseudo-documentary spoof of a British rock group that was so on-target in its satire, many viewers took it for the real thing.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 17, 2007
Emanuel Levy

This superb satire became the standard against which all mockumentaries are evaluated. The film was so successful that the fictitious group reunited for a series of live concerts and a TV special, further blurring the line between real and reel.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A-

October 22, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The satire is ever so refreshingly played straight, is seemingly benign and dead-on funny.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

June 3, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Brad Laidman
Film Threat

A towering achievement in cinema, music, and life art. Funnier and more prescient every time I see it. Any time they tour I will be there.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 5/5

December 6, 2005
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Duas décadas depois de seu lançamento, o filme continua a funcionar maravilhosamente bem em seu humor inteligente e sua crítica ácida sobre os bastidores do rock'n'roll.

| Original Score: 5/5

June 16, 2004
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
August 29, 2011
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