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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2004
A mediocre satire of heavy rock bands.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 13, 2011
...a sporadically amusing but all-too-uneven piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2007
The material is consistently clever and funny, though ultimately the attitudes are too narrow to nourish a feature-length film.
Afsheen Nomai
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Hilarious, ribald, drug-filled rock send-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The satire has a deft, wicked touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
August 15, 2002
The film is a composite of classic moments, all of which we sense could have happened to any of the classic heavy metal bands -- or at least to those whose members combined delusions of greatness with low I.Q.s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Szymanski
November 25, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Mock "rockumentary" is wildly funny and deeply influential.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
March 3, 2014
Yes Nigel, you did go to 11. Where would cinematic comedy be if you hadn't?
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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
Cole Smithey
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+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
It's a milestone in American comedy cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 19, 2013
Consistently funny, with sheer brilliant turns from every performer on the cast...
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
For music biz insiders, This Is Spinal Tap is a vastly amusing satire of heavy metal bands.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Perhaps the first, and certainly the best, entry into the mockumentary genre.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 3, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
THIS IS SPINAL TAP is simply one of the greatest rockumentaries ever...
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 1, 2000 probably helps not to like the music in order to appreciate the satire more.
Read More | Original Score: 8/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Quite possibly the funniest spoof of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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