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This Is Spinal Tap Reviews

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March 3, 2014
Yes Nigel, you did go to 11. Where would cinematic comedy be if you hadn't?
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
March 2, 2011
If you didn't know this was a fake film, you could easily believe it's real.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2011
Hilarious, ribald, drug-filled rock send-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 26, 2009
For music biz insiders, This Is Spinal Tap is a vastly amusing satire of heavy metal bands.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
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.'
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
December 17, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 22, 2006
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 | Original Score: A-
June 3, 2006
The satire is ever so refreshingly played straight, is seemingly benign and dead-on funny.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
December 6, 2005
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 | Original Score: 5/5
June 16, 2004
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
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