This Is Spinal Tap Reviews

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.
May 20, 2003
It stays so wickedly close to the subject that it is very nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.
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.
August 16, 2001
This Is Spinal Tap doesn't pull punches...
Top Critic
January 1, 2000
First of all, let's just clarify something: This Is Spinal Tap is the funniest film ever made.
January 1, 2000
The satire has a deft, wicked touch.